A public defender arrested on alcohol-related charges after police say she was drunk while in a parked car with an Akron Municipal Court judge was given a suspended jail sentence.
Catherine Loya paid fines in Barberton Municipal Court totalling $839 and will have her driver’s license suspended through Feb. 4, according to the court’s online docket.
Judge Christine Croce suspended a 180-day jail sentence and ordered Loya to attend a three-day intervention program, complete an outpatient alcohol program and have her alcohol use monitored electronically for 180 days.
Loya, 31, was convicted at trial of being under the influence of alcohol while in physical control of a car. She was arrested Feb. 5 by Copley police, who said they found Loya and Judge Joy Malek Oldfield drunk and in a state of undress in the back of the public defender’s car.
At the time, Loya was assigned as an assistant Akron public defender to Oldfield’s court and continued practicing in the courtroom for weeks afterward.
Oldfield. 36, has never commented on the incident. Through a lawyer, she denied any inappropriate conduct.
The Akron Bar Association launched an investigation. Those results have not become public.