The Bedford County judicial commissioner accused of soliciting sex while on duty has been removed from his position pending outcome of the case.
Billy Hardin, 59, of Shelbyville has been suspended without pay, General Sessions Judge Charles Rich said Wednesday.
All judicial commissioners in Tennessee are under control of the court system and essentially work for judges.
Rich said he has no choice but to recuse himself from hearing the case scheduled April 9 at Bedford County Courthouse.
The state administrator of courts will appoint a general sessions judge from another county to step in for Rich.
Hardin allegedly offered $25 for oral sex last weekend to a woman who was consulting him about warrants she filed, authorities say.
He has been charged with official misconduct, sexual battery and soliciting prostitution.
Judicial commissioners hear allegations and determine whether charges should be filed and make decisions such as bond amounts.