Monday, November 20, 2017

"Not Caring Much Bout The Rules"

Bar charges have been filed  by the Ohio Disciplinary Counsel in a matter in which the attorney was convicted on his Alford plea to soliciting sex.

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 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.

(Mike Frisch)

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