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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. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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