The trial for a Bedford Heights Municipal Court Judge began Wednesday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
Judge Harry Jacob III waived his right to a jury trial and is now having a bench trial in front of Judge Brian Corrigan.
Opening statements were heard Wednesday morning.
Jacob is facing a total of 19 criminal charges.
Prosecutors say Jacob solicited sex from at least three prostitutes and supervised and induced the activities of at least two women who were engaging in sex for hire.
They also say the judge gave a woman, who he paid for sex, special treatment on a traffic violation and did not reveal his relationship with the woman to other court officials.
Jacob's co-defendant, former Bedford Law Director and Prosecutor Kenneth Schuman, pled guilty last month to a public corruption offense.
Schuman will be sentenced September 3.