An Indiana lawyer resigned after pleading guilty to voyeurism charges stemming from accusations that he taped himself having sex with a client.
William Wallace III visited an incarcerated woman in February 2009, according to court documents. Wallace offered the woman legal representation in her criminal matter but she turned him down. He later agreed to represent the woman in her divorce proceedings and the two agreed that she would pay him a portion of his fee and pay the rest upon her release from jail. After promising the woman she would be released in September of 2009, Wallace told the woman her release date would be delayed unless she had sex with him following her release. The woman was unaware that their encounter was videotaped until Wallace showed the tape to the woman’s boyfriend in March of 2010.
When police searched Wallace’s home they found the tape as well as a tape of Wallace having sex with another woman and a DVD containing child pornography. Wallace attempted to hide the illegal materials in his pants before they were discovered by investigators, according to reports. In October 2011, Wallace pleaded guilty to felony charges of obstructing justice and possession of child pornography. In April of 2012, he pleaded guilty to voyeurism. He was sentenced to serve 15 months in prison.
Because of his resignation, Wallace will not face a hearing with the Indiana Disciplinary Commission, which accuses the attorney of engaging in criminal acts that reflected adversely on honesty and trustworthiness as well as having a sexual relationship with a client and making unsolicited, in-person contact to get business.
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