IN THE MATTER OF: CHRISTOPHER A. HOLLANDER, Respondent
Attorney Discipline Action.
Christopher A. Hollander, RESPONDENT, Pro se, Carmel, Indiana.
ATTORNEYS FOR THE INDIANA SUPREME COURT, DISCIPLINARY COMMISSION: G. Michael Witte, Executive Secretary, Seth T. Pruden, Staff Attorney, Indianapolis, Indiana.
All Justices concur.
We find that Respondent, Christopher A. Hollander, engaged in a course of attorney misconduct in connection with his efforts to patronize a prostitute. For this misconduct, we conclude that Respondent should be suspended from the practice of law in this state for at least one year without automatic reinstatement.
Pursuant to Indiana Admission and Discipline Rule 23(11), the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission and Respondent have submitted for approval a " Statement of Circumstances and Conditional Agreement for Discipline" stipulating agreed facts and proposed discipline. The Respondent's 2007 admission to this state's bar subjects him to this Court's disciplinary jurisdiction. See Ind. Const. art. 7, § 4. The Court approves the agreement and proposed discipline.
H.S., using a fictitious name, had placed an online classified advertisement for escort services that listed her cell phone number. At some point, H.S. was arrested by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (" IMPD" ) for engaging in prostitution.
At relevant times, Respondent was employed as a public defender. Respondent had seen and remembered H.S.'s classified advertisement, and when Respondent came across a police report containing the same phone number, he was able to determine specific arrest information regarding H.S. and thereafter identify her.
On or about November 30, 2012, Respondent sent a text message to H.S.'s cell phone, apparently without realizing that H.S.'s phone was in IMPD's possession. An officer impersonating H.S. responded to that text as well as several other texts and calls from Respondent during the next several days. In those communications, Respondent indicated he could help H.S. with her situation, falsely stated he had been given information about her from a former client, said he would " work with" H.S. regarding her attorney fees, and set up an appointment to meet her.
On December 4, Respondent met in a hotel room with an undercover IMPD officer impersonating H.S. Respondent attempted to hug and kiss the officer, made statements conveying that he wanted sex in return for his legal services, and began to undress. Respondent then was arrested for patronizing a prostitute. After his arrest, Respondent gave a statement to police admitting that he had used information obtained through his employment as a public defender to attempt to meet H.S. under the pretense of discussing ...