Ohio Lawyer Convicted of Child Porn Fighting to Save His Home
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Last week, a form Ohio Department of Taxation lawyer, William Feldman of Upper Arlington, voluntarily resigned from the practice of law following an attempt by prosecutors to evict him from his home. Feldman had been convicted of child pornography charges in January this year, after which prosecutors wanted that Feldman shift the location of his $313,000 home, as it was within 1,000 feet of the Greensview Elementary School and Sunny 95 Park.
The law in Ohio states that certain types of sex offenders are not allowed to live within a 1000 ft radius from schools, day-care centers and parks. Feldman, however, argues that he had purchased his house in 1990, when the law had not been enacted. This is not acceptable to the authorities who maintain that the conviction of Feldman for child porn did not take place before the enactment of the said law, but occurred this year, in 2014.
With Feldman failing to vacate his residence, prosecutors have asked Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Frye for an order compelling Feldman to comply. Next hearing on the issue is set in August, reported The Columbus Dispatch.
The Ohio Supreme Court had previously suspended Feldman's law license following his felony conviction, and has now accepted his resignation.
Even though Feldman had been indicted on eight counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a juvenile, he entered into a plea deal reducing the charges to one count. Feldman was sentenced to three years of community control by Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Charles A. Schneider, who also ordered him to register as a sex offender for the next 25 years and undergo intensive sex-offender supervision.
The Columbus Dispatch also reported the Feldman's lawyer argued the step by the authorities represented "unconstitutional taking" of his home.