July 1, 2022

Las Vegas legal professional accused of sexual misconduct

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A Las Vegas lawyer who was arrested this week is accused of inappropriate sexual actions with his personnel and purchasers.

Douglas Clinton Crawford, 67, was arrested this 7 days and booked into the Clark County Detention Center on 5 counts of open up and gross lewdness.

According to an investigator in the scenario, quite a few existing and former workforce all laid out comparable allegations of Crawford’s conduct.

All of the victims instructed detectives Crawford “manufactured various offensive remarks of a suggestive and sexual nature,” an arrest report states. Police were being explained to that Crawford “would touch them in a sexual method and the touching was unwelcome, unwelcomed, and nonconsensual.”

The victims claimed they were paid out “a significantly higher income to continue being operating for him than that of a person undertaking similar do the job at one more regulation company,” the report states. They reported Crawford would “shower them with presents and dollars following touching them inappropriately or making sexual opinions.” According to police, the victims believed this was carried out in “an try to hold them tranquil about what was occurring.”

Police ended up also told that Crawford showed the victim’s videos and illustrations or photos of him possessing sexual relations with other gals, the report states. On security cameras obvious all through the law office environment, the victims described looking at Crawford “getting sexual intercourse with clients he was representing.”

After interviewing victims, investigators made a decision to mail an undercover officer to Crawford’s practice to “see Crawford’s steps when he met with a woman customer.”

The officer went to Crawford’s workplace for a session and experienced comparable conduct to what the victims explained, which include sexual innovations and feedback, dependent on information in the report.

Crawford allegedly explained to the officer he experienced “motivation” to get her single and claimed he would consider her out at the time she was divorced.

“I would like you were not my customer now,” he allegedly informed the officer. “I would kiss you on your neck.”

At just one stage, Crawford closed his business doorway and walked more than to give the officer a hug, the report states. He “began to slide his arms toward [the officer’s] buttocks” and “tried to kiss her on the lips.” The officer broke absent and refused Crawford’s endeavor to stroll her to her auto, according to law enforcement.

“The investigation into this incident is ongoing and prices may be extra at the summary of explained investigation,” officers mentioned in their report.

Crawford mostly practices felony defense and family regulation. In accordance to his website, he gained an award for pro bono illustration of victims of domestic violence.

“I became a lawyer to assist people,” Crawford mentioned on his web page. “People who are overcome, afraid, and perplexed by a challenging and often unfair authorized system. With me on your side, nobody can bully you. Not your partner. Not the district lawyer. Not the insurance policy business. Not any individual! Not ever!”

The report also notes that Crawford formerly experienced his license to follow regulation suspended. It was suspended for five years “because of to misappropriation of customer cash, which totaled roughly $398,345,” the report states.

In a press release on Thursday asserting Crawford’s arrest, investigators urged anybody who might have been a sufferer of Crawford to speak with law enforcement by calling 702-828-3251. Nameless recommendations can be submitted via Criminal offense Stoppers at 702-385-5555.