- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court has suspended the law license of an Ames attorney for at least 2 ½ years after several women clients alleged sexual harassment and two claimed he manipulated them into having sex.

Gerald Moothart, who is 51, cannot practice law and cannot apply for reinstatement of his license for 30 months. He has been ordered to seek counseling for sexual harassment.

The court, in a ruling filed Friday, says Moothart violated attorney disciplinary rules during interactions with five women from 2006 to 2011. They included a mother seeking return of her children in a custody case and a 22-year-old college student who sought his help after a drunken driving arrest.

Moothart, a former Marshall County assistant attorney now practicing in Ames, didn’t immediately respond to a message.

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