This is unusual in probably the most socially conservative country in South America:
Chile's Supreme Court said it made the decision because of events that were public knowledge, referring to Judge Daniel Calvo's admission two days ago.
The Supreme Court did not say why the confession disqualified Calvo, who has not been accused of any crime, from running the month-long investigation into whether politicians were linked to wealthy businessman Claudio Spiniak, in jail charged with illegally tricking adolescents into sex.
The judge was also investigating accusations by child welfare workers that Spiniak was part of a pedophile ring. Spiniak has not been charged with pedophilia, which in Chile means sex with someone under the age of 12.
At a news conference on Wednesday, Calvo, a married father of five, denied he was gay. He did not say why he had gone to the bathhouse, but the admission came hours before a local television station was to air a report on his visits.
Well, if wanting to go to gay bathhouses hasn't hurt Bill O'Reilly, why should it hurt this judge?