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53-year-old Las Vegas judge commits suicide a year after being forced to resign to avoid ethics review

A Las Vegas judge has committed suicide a year after stepping down from her position to avoid being embroiled in an ethics investigation.

Melanie Andress-Tobiasson, 53, stepped down as Justice of the Peace ahead of a hearing on ethics charges and her trial was set to begin in 2021.

She claimed she tried to save her daughter, Sarah, from prostitution after taking a job at a clothing store that she believed was a front for criminal activity.

The mother-of-three was reported dead on Friday, according to 8NewsNow, although it is unclear where and how she died.

Melanie Andress-Tobiasson, 53, stepped down as Justice of the Peace ahead of a hearing on ethics charges and her trial was set to begin in 2021.

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

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

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

She lived in her five-bedroom, $2 million mansion in Las Vegas with her husband Todd before her death.

Tobiasson was under investigation by the Nevada Judicial Discipline Commission for nearly two years after asking police to investigate a clothing store where her daughter worked.

The former judge alleged that the shop, Top Knotch, was used as a front for prostitution and that her daughter Sarah was recruited as a prostitute.

She accused the Las Vegas metro police of ignoring the information she provided and claimed she was trying to save her daughter from sex trafficking.

Tobiasson claimed the store was an unlicensed underage nightclub and a front for prostitution. Sarah, who was 16 at the time, said she was “terrified” of Shane Valentine running the shop.

The judge said she was forced to turn to the FBI with the information after local law enforcement failed to do anything, with police tracking her phone and claiming she was interfering with a sex investigation.

She accused the Las Vegas metro police of ignoring the information she provided and claimed she was trying to save her daughter from sex trafficking.

She accused the Las Vegas metro police of ignoring the information she provided and claimed she was trying to save her daughter from sex trafficking.

She accused the Las Vegas metro police of ignoring the information she provided and claimed she was trying to save her daughter from sex trafficking.

The judge (pictured with her husband and children) said she was forced to turn to the FBI with the information after local law enforcement failed to do anything, with police tracking her phone and claiming she interfered with a sex investigation.

The judge (pictured with her husband and children) said she was forced to turn to the FBI with the information after local law enforcement failed to do anything, with police tracking her phone and claiming she interfered with a sex investigation.

The judge (pictured with her husband and children) said she was forced to turn to the FBI with the information after local law enforcement failed to do anything, with police tracking her phone and claiming she interfered with a sex investigation.

Tobiasson claimed the shop was an unlicensed underage nightclub and a front for prostitution - while Sarah, who was 16 at the time, said she was 'terrified' of Shane Valentine who ran the shop

Tobiasson claimed the shop was an unlicensed underage nightclub and a front for prostitution - while Sarah, who was 16 at the time, said she was 'terrified' of Shane Valentine who ran the shop

Tobiasson claimed the shop was an unlicensed underage nightclub and a front for prostitution – while Sarah, who was 16 at the time, said she was ‘terrified’ of Shane Valentine who ran the shop

She claimed that the pimps “targeted the daughters of judges and law enforcement officers” in an attempt to draw them into prostitution.

In a complaint filed against Tobiasson, it alleged that she failed to comply and enforce the law, and allowed family interests and relationships to influence her behavior.

She asked officers to investigate Valentine but claims they failed to do so, with the suspect subsequently linked to a shooting in which a couple were 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 contacted Land’s mother and “began investigating the matter personally” because she believed Valentine was responsible, the complaint said.

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

She lived in her five-bedroom, $2 million mansion in Las Vegas with her husband Todd before her death

She lived in her five-bedroom, $2 million mansion in Las Vegas with her husband Todd before her death

She lived in her five-bedroom, $2 million mansion in Las Vegas with her husband Todd before her death

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

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

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

Sydneyland, 21

Sydneyland, 21

Nehemiah 'Neo' Kauffman, 20

Nehemiah 'Neo' Kauffman, 20

They did not 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 stated publicly that she contacted Valentine’s lawyer at the time and told him to tell Valentine that if he called her daughter again, she would “take care of it herself” and that she would opportunity’ went to Shane. Valentine’s House and kicked in the door.’

Detectives learned of Tobiasson’s activities, according to the allegations, and launched an investigation into the judge, even keeping track of her phone records.

They also claimed she had ties to a man named ‘Anthony Danna’ who was a ‘well-known and documented organized crime figure’.

The commission decided not to suspend Tobiasson and Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Amy Chelini after a hearing over concerns about off-bank profanity and administrative complaints involving clerks.

However, as part of a deal, her firing resulted in her ethics process being halted when she stepped down from her position.

Tobiasson was a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and won reelection multiple times.

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

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