Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Stung

The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct has recommended a one-year suspension with six months stayed for an attorney's 3rd degree misdemeanor solicitation conviction and his sexual relationship with a client in a legal matter.

According to the report, the attorney had entered an Alford plea to the criminal charge and maintained his innocence in the disciplinary proceedings.

He claimed that the detective was out to get him for his previous "tough" cross-examinations and that the solicitee was a police informant who had "lied for her own benefit." 

The report notes that he engaged in sexual activity for hire on three occasions. He had answered a Craigslist ad that was a police sting.

We reported here on the charges and the client complaint

After his arrest last year, a divorce client filed a complaint alleging a sexual relationship had commenced during the representation.

The complaint alleges that they exchanged over 300 short message services and texts that "contained sexually explicit language and innuendo." 

It is further alleged that when the client said she thought he could not date clients, he responded

"I'm not much caring bout the rules Missy." 

The Mansfield News Journal reported on the arrest

 An Ashland attorney has been accused of five misdemeanor charges, including soliciting sexual acts for hire.

Thomas Mason will be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday in Ashland Municipal Court on that charge and charges of possessing criminal tools, intimidation of a witness, obstructing justice and falsification, according to Ashland Municipal Clerk of Courts records.

He was served his summons by the Ashland Police Department.

According to court records, Ashland police allege that in May and June of 2015, Mason offered to pay an adult to engage in sexual activities, paying $80, $80 and $50.

Mason also is alleged by authorities to have knowingly attempted to intimidate a witness to a criminal act during a meeting that took place outside his Main Street office. Mason is accused of yanking the witness' bag from that person's shoulder.

The complaint also alleges that Mason "did on more than one occasion possess or have under his control a device, instrument or article, with the purpose to use it criminally, to wit, a  cell phone." He also is accused of making false statements about the alleged offenses to public officials.

Mason has a bachelor of arts from the College of Wooster and a law degree from Moritz College of Law. He is a member of the Ashland County Bar Association and served as president in 1999-2000.

The Ohio Supreme Court had earlier remanded the matter for consideration of more severe sanction than the board had proposed, which had called for a full-stayed six month suspension. (Mike Frisch)

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