Tuesday, April 26, 2011
An attorney has been suspended for nine months, retroactive to an interim suspension, by the South Carolina Supreme Court. The criminal conduct was described as follows:
On November 23, 2009, the City of Conway Police Department issued two warrants for respondent's arrest on charges of indecent exposure. The arrest warrants alleged that on November 10, 2009, and November 16, 2009, respondent exposed his private parts in plain view of the public. According to statements by witnesses, respondent was inside his law office standing behind a clear glass storm door at the time of the exposures.
On November 24, 2009, respondent voluntarily surrendered to the police. He was released on bond the same day.
On January 25, 2010, respondent was served with two additional warrants for indecent exposure. The warrants alleged that during the spring and summer of 2006, respondent indecently exposed himself while standing behind the glass storm door of his home.
In 2011, a grand jury indicted respondent on two counts of exposure of private parts in a lewd and lascivious manner. On January 6, 2011, respondent entered a plea to two counts of exposing private parts pursuant to North Carolina v. Alford, 400 U.S. 25 (1970). The remaining counts of indecent exposure were dismissed by the prosecutor. Respondent was sentenced to thirty (30) days in jail or a fine of $300 on each count. Respondent paid the fines.
The attorney must seek mental health counseling. (Mike Frisch)