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Friday, June 15, 2012

Public Defender Accused of Taking Nude Photos of Client in His Office

Posted By on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 4:21 PM

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Former public defender Tom Condosta worked in the office for 24 years. He was pulling in $90,187 for the oftentimes thankless task. He was recently put on administrative leave and fired. Why? WKYC and chief investigative investigator The Investigator Tom Meyer had been looking into an allegation against Condosta that was at the heart of his dismissal.

A woman claims that Condosta took over 50 nude photos of her in his office, as well as made unwelcome sexual advances and attemped to touch her.

She nevertheless posed, something Condosta allegedly prodded on by saying he would submit the nude pics to a website and she could rake in some cash from the contest. He claims he did nothing wrong.


Condosta denied the allegations. "I've never done such a thing with a client," said Condosta. "I would never have an inappropriate relationship with a client."

The female client agreed to speak with Meyer on the condition her name not be disclosed. She said there's no question that Condosta represented her in a case in which she said he would help her get a felony conviction overturned or at least have the case re-opened.

"I felt desperate. I knew it was wrong. I knew this was outrageous," she said when asked about why she agreed to pose nude. "He was very specific on how he wanted me to pose," she said.

The female client reached out to the FBI to investigate, but she says they suggested she go the the county sheriff. The sheriff's office looked at the case and determined it should best be handled by the public defender's office.

An appeal is in the works.

Did Condosta try to take nude photos of you, too? Get in touch at news@clevescene.com

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