LIHUE — A Kauai attorney lost an appeal over a district court harassment conviction in 2012.
The state of Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals on Friday released its finding to affirm the judgement of Kauai District Court in the state’s case against attorney Lawrence McCreery, who was found guilty of petty misdemeanor harassment in Kauai District Court in July 2012.
The incident occurred on July 26, 2011, when McCreery was discussing a child custody case with a 26-year-old female client at his office.
After commenting on how attractive his client was, McCreery reportedly licked the back of her ear even through the victim has said she was happily married.
McCreery said he hugged the woman but denied the charges and appealed the court’s decision.
The intermediary court’s decision stated the state had presented sufficient evidence of McCreery’s state of mind to support the conviction.
“Given the evidence and circumstances, it is reasonable to infer that McCreery intended to harass annoy, or alarm the complaining witness,” the decision stated.
McCreery was admitted to the state bar in 1975. His license to practice law in the state of Hawaii remains current.