- Associated Press - Sunday, April 20, 2014

LENOIR, N.C. (AP) - 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 (https://bit.ly/1jWDstF ) 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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Information from: The Hickory Daily Record, https://www.hickoryrecord.com

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