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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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