Monday, February 22, 2021

Masturbation And Schnapps Lead To Consent Disbarment Motion

Two incidents have led to a motion to consent to disbarment in Illinois

On April 25, 2019, Movant appeared with M.M. for a court appearance in her criminal matter. While seated at the counsel table, Movant covered the microphone with his hand, leaned close to M.M., and told her that he could not concentrate because of the way she looked in her outfit.

A few weeks before M.M.’s next court appearance, which was scheduled for July 10, 2019, Movant called M.M. and asked her to come to his office for a meeting. M.M. went to Movant’s office with her girlfriend, who remained present during the meeting. During the meeting, Movant told M.M. that he was not opposed to M.M.’s relationship with her girlfriend and that, in fact, he would not mind seeing sexual activity between them.

A few days prior to M.M.’s July 10, 2019 court appearance, Movant called M.M. and asked her to come to his office before her court appearance without her girlfriend. On July 10, 2019, Movant met with M.M. in his office alone. After discussing plea offers for approximately 10 minutes, Movant made sexually explicit comments to M.M. and asked her to raise her shirt above her breasts. Then, Movant reclined in his chair, made additional sexually explicit comments, and masturbated. After masturbating, Movant opened the door for M.M. and told her he would call her later. Later that day, Movant appeared with M.M. in court for her court appearance. While seated at the defense table, Movant used his hand to rub M.M.’s thigh.

And a conviction

Prior to January 12, 2020, Movant became acquainted with an employee of a local McDonald’s. Through this acquaintanceship, Movant hired the employee’s 15-year-old child to clean his home on Sundays.

On January 12, 2020, Movant went to the child’s home, picked her up, and returned to his home so that she could clean for him. While the child was in his home, Movant asked her if she had ever tried schnapps, an alcoholic beverage. When she said that she had not, Movant poured her approximately one-half inch of peppermint schnapps. The child consumed the schnapps that Movant provided to her. After returning home, the child told her mother that Movant gave her schnapps, and her mother contacted law enforcement.

On February 7, 2020, the Bureau County State’s Attorney’s Office charged Movant with one count of unlawful delivery of alcohol to a minor. The matter was docketed in Bureau County Circuit Court as case number 2020 CM 37, State of Illinois v. Michael L. Henneberry

On March 5, 2020, Respondent pled guilty to one count of unlawful delivery of alcohol to a minor. Respondent received a sentence of one year of court supervision, was ordered to perform 30 hours of community service, to pay fines and costs, and to have no contact with the minor.

(Mike Frisch)

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