Thursday, April 20, 2017
A complaint filed by Ohio Disciplinary Counsel alleges that the attorney represented a client in a domestic violence matter and thereafter "maintained an informal, but friendly relationship with [the client] and his girlfriend, J.B."
The client picked up forgery and receiving stolen property charges that also involved J.B.
On Friday, September 11, 2015, J.B. contacted respondent and requested his assistance in cooperating with law enforcement and the prosecutor's office.
On the same day, and without knowing all of the facts of J.B.' s case, respondent texted Assistant Hocking County Prosecutor, William (Bill) Archer, and inquired into whether he was interested in resolving J.B.'s case prior to indictment. Archer texted back the same day and stated that he would contact respondent "on Monday."
On September 12, 2015, respondent and J.B. met at a restaurant in Columbus to discuss J.B. 's case further. During dinner, respondent gave J.B. legal advice on her impending felony indictment.
It is alleged that
After dinner, respondent and J.B. engaged in sexual intercourse in respondent's SUV in the parking lot of the restaurant. Respondent then dropped J.B. off at her house and gave her approximately $50.
Charges were filed against J.B. the following Monday.
Respondent allegedly texted her on Tuesday and "told her to turn off her GPS on her phone because law enforcement could track her with it."
During this period of time, respondent was in regular contact with J.B. He visited her at least two times and gave her between $50 and $100 to pay for groceries and living expenses.
The forgery charges against J.D. were dismissed in mid-October but she was arrested shortly before.
Respondent was appointed as her counsel.
Between October 19, 2015 and February 25, 2016, respondent and J.B. engaged in sexual relations on at least seven more occasions. J.B. also sent respondent several sexually explicit pictures of herself.
Between October 19, 2015 and February 25, 2016, respondent and J.B. used a hot tub belonging to respondent's neighbor at least three times. Respondent did not request permission from his neighbor to use the hot tub, nor did he advise his neighbor that he and J.B. had used the hot tub.
Between October 19, 2015 and February 25, 2016, respondent took J.B. Christmas shopping, to the grocery store, and out to eat several times. He also bought her lingerie, groceries, and at least one phone card. In addition, he gave J.B. between $50 and $100 for rent and other living expenses.
By November 2015, there was a rumor going around town that respondent was engaged in a sexual relationship with J.B.
In December 2015, respondent filed a petition to run as a candidate for Hocking County Prosecutor.
A judge confronted him about the rumors which he denied. He continued to represent J.B. who pled guilty to the charges against her.
J.B. then told a detective her story, which led to an 18-count criminal case against the attorney.
He was ordered to have no contact with J.B. but
On March 9, 2016, respondent and his wife attended their daughter's soccer practice at a local park where a number of other soccer practices were also being held. J.B. and her family were also at the park. J.B. informed a local police officer that respondent was staring at her, which made her feel very uncomfortable.
On March 10, 2016, and after verifying that respondent's GPS monitor had placed him in the same vicinity as J.B., respondent was arrested and charged with Intimidation of a Witness.
That case was later dismissed. Respondent pled guilty to some of the original charges and received two years probation.
J.B. also entered into a plea deal.
- Sex with J.B.
- dishonesty for using the hot tub without permission!
- false statement to a judge in denying the sex rumor
- conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice for advising J. B. to turn off her GPS.
The Logan Daily News reported on the bar charges. (Mike Frisch)