Sex with client, dip in hot tub lands lawyer in hot water

An attorney temporarily lost his law license after he slept with a client, trespassed to use a neighbor’s hot tub and then lied about it to a presiding judge.

The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday announced attorney Jason A. Sarver of Rockbridge would have his law license suspended for two years with 18 months stayed after he violated multiple conduct rules governing lawyers.

Sarver, who was running for Hocking County prosecutor, was charged with two counts of sexual battery for knowingly coercing another to engage in sexual conduct. Through a plea agreement, the battery charges were dropped and Sarver pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts and agreed to withdraw as a candidate for prosecutor.

Sarver had been appointed to represent a woman identified as J.B. While acting as her attorney, the two had sex at least eight times in four months and they trespassed to use Sarver’s neighbor’s hot tub, the Ohio Supreme Court said.

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