Friday, December 20, 2013
Arkansas Committee on Professional Conduct Panel C has imposed a suspension of twelve months of an attorney for criminal and other ethical misconduct.
The attorney was involved in a series of "discussions through on-line social media about a meeting of [three individuals] in Arkadelphia in which sex acts would be performed for money." The meeting led to the arrest and misdemeanor charges against the three.
One witness testified that she received unsolicited sexually-explicit text messages from the attorney.
Another testified that she met the attorney on the social media service P.O.F. (Plenty of Fish) and thereafter met the attorney at a motel for paid sex. The attorney paid for the room but not the sex, as the witness "became anxious and left hurridly."
The criminal charges involved sex solicitation on a property managed by a business that the attorney owned.
He also created a Facebook page under a false name where he posed as the owner of Arkansas Models which sought females for photgraphy purposes. Notably, the panel found that the Facebook fictitious page amounted to conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.
The attorney testified that he suffers from a sex addiction. (Mike Frisch)