The 53-year-old Las Vegas judge committed suicide to avoid an ethics probe a year after being forced to resign

A Las Vegas judge committed suicide a year after resigning from office to avoid being drawn into an ethics probe.

Melanie Andress-Tobiasson, 53, resigned as justice of the peace before a hearing on her ethics inquiry.

She claimed she tried to save her daughter Sarah from prostitution after she started working in a clothing store, which she believed was a front for criminal activity.

However, the trial of her alleged conduct was dropped after she agreed to step down in 2021.

The mother-of-three was reportedly found dead on Friday, according to 8NewsNow, although it’s unclear where or how she died.

Melanie Andress-Tobiasson, 53, resigned as justice of the peace ahead of a hearing on ethics allegations, the trial of which is scheduled to begin in 2021.

Melanie Andress-Tobiasson, 53, resigned as justice of the peace ahead of a hearing on ethics allegations, the trial of which is scheduled to begin in 2021.

She claimed she was trying to protect her daughter Sarah, pictured, from getting involved in a prostitution ring

She claimed she was trying to protect her daughter Sarah, pictured, from getting involved in a prostitution ring

She had been living with her husband Todd in their $2 million, five-bedroom mansion in Las Vegas before her death.

Tobiasson was investigated by Nevada’s Judicial Discipline Commission for nearly two years after she asked police to investigate a clothing store where her daughter worked.

The former judge claimed that the store used Top Knotch as a cover for prostitution and recruited her daughter Sarah as a prostitute.

She accused the Las Vegas Metro Police Department of ignoring the information she provided and claimed she was trying to save her daughter from the sex trade.

Tobiasson claimed 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.

The judge said she was forced to contact the FBI with the information after local police failed to act – leading to officers investigating her for allegedly breaking the rule of law after they discovered it that she had repeated claims of federal agents.

She accused the Las Vegas Metro Police Department of ignoring the information she provided and claimed she was trying to save her daughter from the sex trade

She accused the Las Vegas Metro Police Department of ignoring the information she provided and claimed she was trying to save her daughter from the sex trade

The judge (pictured with her husband and children) said she was forced to contact the FBI with the information after local police failed to act, with police tracking her phone and claiming she was conducting an investigation the vice disturb

The judge (pictured with her husband and children) said she was forced to contact the FBI with the information after local police failed to act, with police tracking her phone and claiming she was conducting an investigation the vice disturb

Tobiasson claimed the store was an unlicensed underage nightclub and a front for prostitution - with Sarah, who was 16 at the time, saying she was

Tobiasson claimed 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

Cops traced her phone, claiming she was disrupting a deputy investigation after her original complaint.

She claimed that the pimps “target the daughters of judges and law enforcement officials” to involve them in prostitution.

A complaint filed against Tobiasson alleged that she failed to observe and abide by the law and allowed family interests and relationships to influence her behavior.

She asked officers to investigate Valentine but claims they didn’t and the suspect was then linked to a shooting in which a couple was found dead.

They didn’t officially link him to the murders of Sydney Land, 21, and Nehemiah “Neo” Kauffman, 20, until months later.

However, Tobiasson reached out to Land’s mother and “began to investigate the case personally” because, according to the complaint, she believed Valentine was responsible.

It added that she used “burner phones” to communicate with Land’s mother and sent a message to a woman she believes was involved in the murder.

She had been living with her husband Todd in their $2 million, five-bedroom mansion in Las Vegas before her death

She had been living with her husband Todd in their $2 million, five-bedroom mansion in Las Vegas before her death

Shane Valentine was charged with the murders of Sydney Land and Nehemiah Kauffman, and by the judge with running a prostitution ring

Shane Valentine was charged with the murders of Sydney Land and Nehemiah Kauffman, and by the judge with running a prostitution ring

Sydney country, 21

Nehemiah

They didn’t officially link him to the murders of Sydney Land, 21, (left) and Nehemiah “Neo” Kauffman, 20, (right) until months later

The commission alleges that Tobiasson publicly stated that she contacted Valentine’s attorney at the time and “told him to tell Valentine that if he called her daughter again, she would “take care of it myself” and that she would ” went to Shane’ and kicked in Valentine’s house.”

Detectives learned of Tobiasson’s activities, according to the indictment, and launched an investigation into the judge, going so far as to trace her phone records.

They also claimed that she has ties to a man named “Anthony Danna,” who is a “well-known and documented organized crime figure.”

The commission decided against the suspension of Tobiasson and Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Amy Chelini after a hearing over concerns about profanity used outside the bank and administrative complaints involving court employees.

However, as part of a deal, her resignation resulted in her ethics case being dropped when she stepped down from her role.

Tobiasson was a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and was re-elected multiple times.

She worked for the Clark County District Attorney’s Office before taking over the bank in 1999.

For help and support call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255

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