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Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2012 12:45 am

LIHU‘E — A Kaua‘i attorney was convicted of harassment Thursday after being accused of licking his client’s ear at his office last year.

The 26-year-old complaining witness said in court that she was in the Lihu‘e office of attorney Lawrence McCreery on July 26, 2011, discussing her child custody case when the incident occurred, according to a news release from the Kaua‘i Office of the Prosecuting Attorney.

She said McCreery touched her arm and said, “You look so good,” and, “Too bad you’re married.”

The witness said McCreery made a “weird sound,” and then hugged her tightly and licked the back of her right ear.

McCreery took the stand Thursday to deny the charges.

He testified that the complaining witness initiated the hug, and he denied licking her ear.

McCreery’s defense attorney, Michael Soong, argued that it would be physically difficult for the incident to have occurred as reported by the witness.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Lance Kobashigawa told the court that all elements of the harassment law were proved and that there was no mistake that what the complaining witness felt on her ear that day was McCreery licking her.

Per Diem Fifth Circuit District Court Judge Frank Rothschild said there was no evidence that the complaining witness had any motive to make up the story or to lie.

The judge added that defense claims early in the trial that the defense would dispute the complaining witness’ credibility never materialized.

“Quite frankly,” said the judge, “these are the actions of a dirty old man.”

McCreery’s attorney told the court that he would appeal the decision.

According to McCreery’s website, he has been practicing law on Kaua‘i since 1978.

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  • mytai01 posted at 11:36 am on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    mytai01 Posts: 19

    [quote]numilalocal55 said: "This story made the national news on several websites. Men have to realize that this kind of is unacceptable!Ann Leighton Wailua"[/quote]There is nothing new under the sun. Men have been treating women this way from the beginning of time and they'll most likely be doing these things till the end of time. Nothing really changes.

    Bryan Bishop


  • mytai01 posted at 11:14 am on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    mytai01 Posts: 19

    No conviction should occur without clear and convincing physical evidence, or the testimony more witnesses than just the victim. It appears that there was neither in this case based on the news story presented in the Garden Island Newspaper.

    Bryan Bishop


  • 808JAH posted at 1:54 pm on Mon, Jul 16, 2012.

    808JAH Posts: 0

    Guilty until proven innocent is not the way this should work...no one should have to prove they are innocent. Interesting that the prosecutor's office released this otherwise non-newsworthy story in an election year. Coincidence, I think not! I wonder if they considered the motive that maybe she didn't want to pay her bill or something? Also, very inappropriate and unprofessional words from that judge. He's a family court judge too...weird. This case is a distortion of how the justice system should work.

    J Hass

  • CWainwright posted at 11:01 am on Mon, Jul 16, 2012.

    CWainwright Posts: 0

    [quote]numilalocal55 said: "This story made the national news on several websites. Men have to realize that this kind of behavior is unacceptable!Ann Leighton Wailua"[/quote]

    Women (and men) have to realize that not all facts are represented in a story at all times. The fact that you can pass judgement on a person based on the result of a case whose determining "evidence" is her word alone is uncalled for. Can you be certain of either person's guilt on the matter? This is a classic example of a case of "guilty until proven innocent."

    Most of the websites are copying/pasting from one another. A lot of them even have the plaintiff's age incorrectly shown as 21.

    What happened to real news?

  • mytai01 posted at 10:46 pm on Sun, Jul 15, 2012.

    mytai01 Posts: 19

    [quote]numilalocal55 said: "This story made the national news on several websites. Men have to realize that this kind of behavior is unacceptable! Ann Leighton Wailua"[/quote]That is really gross! How does he know where those ears have been? Yuck!

    Bryan Bishop


  • numilalocal55 posted at 9:52 am on Sun, Jul 15, 2012.

    numilalocal55 Posts: 286

    This story made the national news on several websites. Men have to realize that this kind of behavior is unacceptable!

    Ann Leighton


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