Monday, December 17, 2007
A single justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Maine denied the bar admission of a licensed family physician whose "interest in and involvement with child pornography was grossly immoral." The physician was caught in a sting operation purchasing videos portraying 10 and 11 year old children engaging in explicit sexual acts. He had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and entered into a consent agreement with the Board of Licensure in Medicine that precluded his treatment of patients under the age of 18.
He "had completed his criminal probation without incident and...attended and graduated from law school." However, he had made a false statement to postal inspectors, failed to reveal on his law school application that he was under investigation, delayed reporting his conviction and consent agreement to the law school "even though he pleaded guilty and was convicted only fourteen days after submitting his law school application" and demonstrated lack of candor in the admissions process. He also had failed to follow through on a 12-step program with Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous.
The single justice gave substantial weight to lack of candor and resistance to treatment in denying admission. Also problematic was the fact that the applicant's character witnesses were not familiar with the information relating to character and fitness. (Mike Frisch)