Thomas Lowe, attorney, had affair with divorce client, billed her for time they spent having sex
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After six months, Lowe, 58, tried to break off both his professional and sexual relationship with the woman. Distraught, she unsuccessfully tried to kill herself and spilled the beans about the affair while hospitalized.
The woman first met with Lowe to discuss the possibility of him representing her during her divorce in August 2011, and the Pioneer Press explains how things unfolded from there:
He agreed to represent her. During a phone call days later, Lowe asked about her sexual relationship with her husband, commented on her appearance and asked if she was interested in sex with him.Lowe "unconditionally admits the allegations," according to court filings prepared by the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility.
The following month, they began an affair that lasted until March. At various points, Lowe billed the woman for legal services on the dates of their sexual encounters, coding the time as meetings or drafting memos.
In March, after several arguments with the woman about the affair and his own marriage, Lowe said he was breaking things off. Two days later, he said he was withdrawing as her attorney.
That day, the woman, who was considered vulnerable because of past abuse and mental health treatment, tried to kill herself. While hospitalized, she disclosed the affair.
The PiPress report that Lowe was placed on probation for purchasing cocaine from a client in 1997, so the most recent incident of unprofessional conduct isn't the first time he's landed himself in trouble for blending work and play.