- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A lawyer accused of having sex with a jail inmate and providing hash oil to others in Tacoma has received a suspended jail sentence.

The News Tribune reports (https://goo.gl/9Ch4Od ) 68-year-old William Mack Stoddard Jr. pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to introduce contraband and soliciting to deliver a controlled substance.

He received a 364-day suspended sentence Thursday.

Court documents say Stoddard visited a Pierce County Jail inmate 19 times between March 2015 and Feb. 2016. The lawyer wasn’t the inmate’s defense attorney and appeared to represent him in a dependency proceeding.

The inmate said the two had sex during their meetings in exchange for Stoddard providing money for jail expenses. Stoddard also brought butane hash oil to the inmate, who delivered it to other inmates who had paid for the drugs.

A lawyer for Stoddard says he has closed his law practice.


Information from: The News Tribune, https://www.thenewstribune.com

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