PRICE, Utah, (UPI) — A Utah mother said she filed a formal complaint against a judge who had her slice off her 13-year-old’s ponytail as punishment for cutting a 3-year-old’s hair.
Valerie Bruno said she has filed a formal complaint against 7th District Juvenile Judge Scott Johansen, who told her he would cut the 276-hour community service sentence imposed on her daughter, Kaytlen Lopan, by 150 hours if the mother cut off the teenager’s ponytail in his courtroom, The Deseret News reported Monday.
Lopan had been sentenced in Johansen’s courtroom in May after she was convicted on an assault charge for cutting several inches of hair from the head of a 3-year-old girl they met at a McDonald’s in Price.
“I guess I should have went into the courtroom knowing my rights, because I felt very intimidated,” Bruno said. “An eye for an eye, that’s not how you teach kids right from wrong.”
Colin Winchester, executive director of the Utah Judicial Conduct Commission, said a complaint against a judge can take several months to be resolved.