Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Vermont Disciplinary Counsel has filed a petition of misconduct in a matter where the attorney has been criminally charged with engaging in lewd and lascivious conduct.
The charges arise from a single encounter with JH, the mother of a former client, in her Peru home.
The petition alleges that, on July 17, 2017, the attorney
grabbed the back of JH's head, forced her face to his face, and inserted his tongue in her mouth and partially down her throat. He also pushed his fingers through the clothing of JH, into her anus.
The petition further alleges that the above conduct was not consented to by JH.
Notably, the criminal charges were filed on February 8, 2019 and the bar charges came 12 days later.
The attorney responded by denying misconduct and requesting a stay. (Mike Frisch )