Lenoir attorney faces sexual misconduct complaint

The Associated Press

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LENOIR — A North Carolina lawyer could face professional discipline from regulators who say he violated rules barring sexual relationships with clients.

The Hickory Daily Record reports that Lenoir attorney William Wallace Respess Jr. is the subject of a complaint before the North Carolina State Bar.

The bar's disciplinary commission said in its complaint that Respess had sexual relations with four clients in his nearly four decades as a lawyer. Respess testified under oath that he had relations with two of those clients.

Respess referred questions to his lawyer. Winston-Salem attorney Dudley Witt declined to comment about the allegations but plans a response to the State Bar by Thursday.

A hearing before an attorneys disciplinary commission is scheduled for August.

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