Baton Rouge Lawyer Suspended for Child Porn Conviction

LASCOn November 18, 2015, the Louisiana Supreme Court indefinitely suspended Baton Rouge lawyer G. William Jarman in the wake of his conviction on federal child-porn charges. See In re George William Jarman, No. 2015-B-2105 (La. Nov. 18, 2015). According to the FBI, “on multiple occasions between 2006 and 2008, Jarman purchased subscriptions to and knowingly accessed multiple websites that contained videos and images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.” See U.S. Dept. of Justice News Release, “Louisiana Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Receive Child Pornography” (Oct. 26, 2015). The FBI seized Jarman’s computers, forensically examined them, and “found graphic depictions of prepubescent minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and evidence that [Jarman] used an Internet-based peer-to-peer file-sharing program to search for and download videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.” Id.

Jarman’s conduct violated Louisiana Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4(b), which prohibits a lawyer from committing “a criminal act especially one that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects.” See La. Rule of Prof’l Conduct 8.4(b). Although the court has suspended him on an interim basis as a result of this conviction, Jarman’s conduct ultimately will result in disbarment, and perhaps even permanent disbarment.

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