PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - The judge in the case of a man accused of harassing women in Paragould announced Thursday he is stepping down from the case.
Paragould police arrested and charged Travis Mims with 7 counts of harassment after they say he approached several women, claiming to be a "celebrity trainer," and made sexually inappropriate comments.
District Judge Dan Stidham announced via Facebook that he would not hear the case due to his familiarity with some of the alleged victims.
"Members of my own family have been the victims of some similar types of alleged harassment due to my being in the midst of my re-election campaign," Stidham stated.
The judge said that he has made "some pretty strong statements" about his daughter being harassed, adding that his wife has also been the target of harassment.
He did not identify who had harassed his family members.
"In order to avoid even the slightest appearance of any impropriety," Stidham stated he would ask the chief justice to appoint a special judge.
Stidham said his decision should "not have any impact whatsoever" on the Mims case.
Here is Stidham's post in its entirety:
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