Lawyer in Prominent firm nailed for 13 year old Sex with Mom's consent
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Mom in Lawyer Sex Scandal Pleads Guilty
NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A woman who let her two underage daughters have sex with a wealthy lawyer for money pleaded guilty Thursday to endangering the welfare of a child.
The 38-year-old woman, in exchange for a sentence of 90 days in jail, admitted that when her daughters were young teens she let them have paid sex with James P. Colliton, 42, a lawyer formerly at the prestigious Manhattan firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore.
The woman, whose name was withheld to protect her daughters' identities, also admitted that one girl was just 13 when she began virtually living at Colliton's East 57th Street apartment in 2004. She said she knew the lawyer in turn gave the girl large sums of money and bought her clothes.
The defendant's lawyer, Javier Damien, said his client, arrested Feb. 8, has already spent more than 60 days in jail and is therefore eligible for immediate release, counting time off for good behavior.
The defendant, initially charged with promoting prostitution, could have been sentenced to up to 15 years in prison if convicted. The misdemeanor to which she pleaded guilty carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail.
``She's desperate to get out of jail,'' Damien said. ``It's not a secret that she was very depressed and threatening to take her own life.''
Damien also said his client's plea deal did not require her to testify against Colliton.
Colliton, a tax attorney, is being held without bail on second-degree rape and related counts. He was arrested March 3 while registered under an alias at the St. Marks Hotel on Manhattan's Lower East Side. He pleaded not guilty.
Colliton, who has a wife and five children living in Poughkeepsie, was first captured in late February in a hotel in Grimsby, Ontario, near Toronto. Prosecutors said it was unclear why he was released.
Hochhauser said Colliton fled to Canada in mid-February after learning that his alleged relationship with the girls had been reported to the Administration for Children's Services, who contacted police.
Hochhauser said at Colliton's arraignment that he immediately ``began a barrage of telephone calls and repeated efforts to stop these girls from making his involvement (with them) known.
``He offered them money and he gave them money,'' Hochhauser said. ``He promised them things for lying to authorities.''