A Hawaii attorney was convicted of harassment and fined $250 for licking his 21-year-old female client’s ear in his office, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.
A judge told 64-year-old Lawrence McCreery his were “the actions of a dirty old man.” McCreery’s former client testified that while discussing her child custody case with him last year, he licked the back of her right ear.
The Kauai prosecutor’s office said McCreery told the woman, “You look so good,“ and ”Too bad you’re married.“ She said McCreery made a ”weird sound” and hugged her tightly right before the licking took place, according to the Associated Press.
McCreery denied licking his client, and testified that she initiated the hug.
Per Diem Fifth Circuit District Court Judge Frank Rothschild said there’s nothing to suggest the woman made up the story.
“Quite frankly,” Rothschild said, “these are the actions of a dirty old man.”
Defense attorney Michael Soong said he plans to appeal.