Sunday, August 8, 2010

Former DA Pleads Guilty, Suspended By Consent

The North Carolina State Bar and a former county district attorney recently agreed to an order of interim suspension in the wake of misdemeanor charges involving assault and misuse of office. This report provides some details concerning the charges, courtesy of WTVD-TV Raleigh Durham:

According to the court papers, [the attorney] allegedly stopped motorists by flashing a gold badge. District Attorneys in North Carolina don't carry badges and can't make traffic stops.

The misdemeanor documents also allege that [he] touched women inappropriately - resulting in the misdemeanor assault charges.

All of the misdemeanors happened between June of 2008 and September of 2009.

In one assault, warrants say [he] kissed a woman on her neck and grabbed her hand. In another, he allegedly put his hand on a woman's leg and touched the inside of her thigh. Another victim says [he] touched her buttocks.

All of the acts were allegedly committed without the women's consent.

The affidavit also alleges he "routinely dismissed random citations" --keeping them in a "manila folder in his office," separated into male and female piles.

It went on to state that at election time [he] "reminded those people of what he did, asked them for their vote, and for help working the polls."

It was also revealed on Thursday that back in 2008, the former DA had a personal relationship with one of the women he helped --directing an assistant DA to dismiss her case.

Attorney General Roy Cooper's Special Prosecutions Section and the SBI Professional Standards Division have been investigating [the attorney] since last November. He retired earlier this year as district attorney of Person and Caswell counties after 28 years.

This report from Newsrunner indicates that the attorney entered a guilty plea and was sentenced in the criminal case. (Mike Frisch)

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