October 5, 2010
A Single Lapse Does Not Prevent Reinstatement
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed with its Disciplinary Board and reinstated an attorney who had been suspended for five years in 2004. The attorney had been convicted of criminal attempt to commit involuntary deviate sexual intercourse after he arranged a meeting over the Internet with an agent of the state Attorney General's office who was posing as a mother offering herself and two minors for sexual activity.
The petitioner "provided evidence that he is rehabilitated from the sexual addiction that lead to his arrest and conviction." He has participated in therapy groups and a 12 step program.
He disclosed "an incident of relapse that occured in 2006." He was anxious about his employment situation, which led him to look at Internet pornography. He told his therapy group, his probation officer and his wife. (Mike Frisch)
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