Las Vegas Judge Melanie Andress-Tobiasson, who was working to expose an underage child sex ring in the city, has been found dead. She was 53.
The mother-of-three was reportedly found dead on Friday, according to 8NewsNow, though it is unclear where or how she died. Officials have already declared that the judge committed suicide.
Andress-Tobiasson was forced to step down as a Justice of the Peace after becoming embroiled in an ethics probe launched by the city after she dared to open an investigation into what she claimed was an underage nightclub and child sex ring for pedophiles.
Andress-Tobiasson claimed that she had been trying to save her daughter, Sarah, from prostitution after she started working at a clothing store she believed was a front for criminal activities.
But the trial into her alleged conduct was dropped after she agreed to resign in 2021.
The Daily Mail reports the judge had been living at her $2million five-bedroom mansion in Las Vegas with her husband Todd before her death.
Andress-Tobiasson was being investigated by Nevada’s Judicial Discipline Commission for almost two years, after asking police to investigate a pedophile ring.
The former judge made claims that the store, Top Knotch, was being used as a front for prostitution and her daughter Sarah was being recruited as a prostitute.
She accused the Las Vegas Metro Police Department for ignoring information she provided, claiming she was trying to save her daughter from sex trafficking.
Tobiasson claimed that the store was an unlicensed, underage nightclub and a front for prostitution – with Sarah, who was 16 at the time, saying she was ‘terrified’ of Shane Valentine who ran the store.