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  • Writer's pictureRobin Lyons

Violated Trust

It takes seven+ years to become an attorney. Even longer to become an assistant district attorney. Before the attorney in this true crime worked in the district attorney’s office, he worked as a defense attorney. That’s a lot of years to invest in a career then throw it away.

While working as a defense attorney, he began trading services for sex. As an Assistant D.A., he continued to accept sexual favors for legal services. A woman desperate for legal services she couldn’t afford became an informant for the authorities.

The informant asked the ADA to bring a drug (Schedule IV controlled substance) with him to their sex appointment. He complied. After the ADA provided the informant with the drugs and condoms, FBI Special Agents entered the residence and read him his rights.

The authorities arrested and charged the ADA. Three months later, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of Oxycodone with intent to distribute and four counts of honest services fraud. As part of his plea agreement, he had to give up his law license and can never apply to get it back. They also barred him from holding any public office or position of public trust.

One year later, a judge sentenced the 44-year-old former Assistant District Attorney to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

A U.S Attorney associated with the case said,

“As a public servant to the people of [county], the defendant disgraced the office of Assistant District Attorney. He had a duty to act with integrity and competence. Instead, he violated the law, and the trust placed in him.”

Source: U.S. District Court, State Bar Association, U.S. Department of Justice

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