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Lawyer arrested for trying to exchange representation for sexual favor

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A Marion County attorney has been charged with offering legal services to an undercover police officer in exchange for sex.

Christopher A. Hollander, 36, who works for the Marion County Public Defender Agency, was arrested Dec. 4 after he went to a hotel to meet up with a woman he thought was a prostitute to offer her legal services. Hollander had found the woman, Harmony Scott, through a website used by escorts and prostitutes to post advertisements, and he discovered that she had been arrested when looking through the initial hearings that come through the agency’s misdemeanor division.

He sent text messages to Scott’s phone, which was being used by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer Sgt. Joshua Shaugnessy and arranged to meet the woman at a hotel to discuss providing legal services.

The woman at the hotel was actually Det. Tabatha McLemore, also of the IMPD Human Trafficking and Vice Unit. While in the hotel room, Hollander tried to exchange legal representation for sex. He also suggested engaging intercourse at that time. That’s when police entered the room.

Hollander admitted that he had used information obtained through his job to meet prostitutes at their hotel rooms under the pretense of discussing pending criminal charges, but denied patronizing any of those prostitutes.

The criminal charge was filed against Hollander Thursday. According to the Indiana Roll of Attorneys, he is in good standing and was admitted in 2007.

 

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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