A divorce lawyer had sex with a client then billed her for services, Daily Mail reports Jan. 17. The Burnsville, Minn. attorney represented a "vulnerable" woman whom he wound up having a six-month affair with.
Attorney Thomas Lowe, 58, got involved with his client when he began complimenting her on her appearance and they began discussing their sex life. The two had many sexual encounters, which Lowe coded on billing sheets as "meetings" or "draft memos." When Lowe grew concerned that his marriage could be in trouble, he broke off the affair after several arguments with the woman. His client was devastated when she was billed for having sex with him. It was the last thing she expected. She allegedly had past abuse and mental health problems. The woman reportedly tried killing herself and told authorities about the affair while she recovered in the hospital.
The lawyer denied allegations at first that he had an affair with his client, but admitted to it later on to the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility. On January 10, the Minnesota Supreme Court order he be suspended indefinitely and lose his license to practice law. He'll be able to apply for a license to practice law again after a minimum of 15 months.
Lowe and his client began having sex in August 2011 and their liason ended in March 2012.