More Than Just A Kiss, Missouri Attorney Andrew Benjamin Aames Sex Offense Conviction and Disbarment also Gets Attention in California

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 The only good part of this sordid story of attorney Aames is his conviction and disbarment in Missouri caught the attention of the State Bar in California where he is licensed to practice law. The recommendation is DISBARMENT. All states should practice this type of reciprocal arrangement. 

More Than Just A Kiss, Missouri Attorney Andrew Benjamin Aames Sex Offense Conviction and Disbarment also Gets Attention in California

The California State Bar Court Hearing Department recommends disbarment of an attorney for criminal conduct

On March 7, 2016, a Sex Offender Registration Enforcement officer from the Jackson County, Missouri Sheriffs Office filed a complaint in the Jackson County Municipal Court against respondent charging him with failing to register as a sex offender by not reporting his Internet Protocol (IP) address as required by law.

On April 6, 2016, the Jackson County Municipal Court convicted respondent of violating Petty Offense Code of Jackson County, Missouri (“POC”), Chapter 55, section 5521, a misdemeanor, which required respondent to register as a sex offender. The court placed respondent on a suspended sentence for one year and fined him $67.50.

Past history of crimes that led to a suspension

Case No. O8-C-14289: On September 9, 2008, respondent, at the age of 53, visited a neighbor’s garage sale at their invitation and spent some time speaking to his neighbor’s daughter, then~aged 15 years old. Before parting ways and returning home, respondent held the 15-year-old girl by the waist and leaned in to kiss her on the cheek, but she managed to step away before respondent actually made Contact with her face. Respondent was charged and convicted with one count of annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18 in Violation of Penal Code section 647.6, subdivision (a)(1). A jury found respondent guilty on the sole count, and a trial court placed him on probation for three years including 120 days in county jail.

Case No. 10-C—O1395: On October 17, 2009, at about 10:30 p.m., respondent and Mrs. Aamesl, his wife, were arguing in their home for approximately fifteen minutes. During their argument, respondent threatened to have Mrs. Aames evicted and forcibly removed from their home once their divorce, filed by respondent eight months earlier, was finalized. When respondent and Mrs. Aames had nothing further to say to one another, Mrs. Aames retired to their daughter’s bedroom and spent the night on their daughter’s bedroom floor where their daughter was sleeping. On the following day, Mrs. Aames went to a local hospital complaining that respondent had assaulted her. Mrs. Aames reported injuries to her neck, shoulder, and wrist. A sexual assault response team exam was conducted. The police was called to the hospital and an incident report was completed. On February 1, 2010, a felony complaint was filed with the Riverside County Superior Court, People v. Andrew Benjamin Aames, case no. RIF10—0O0372. Respondent was charged with violating probation in case no. RIM519498, violating Penal Code section 262(a)(1), a felony, for spousal rape, and violating Penal Code section 273.5(a), a felony, inflicting corporal injury on a spouse.

On August 3, 2010, as part of a plea agreement, respondent pled guilty to a one—count violation of Penal Code section 236, false imprisonment, a felony.

An aggravating factor

On February 3, 2015, respondent wrote a letter to the State Bar in which he referred to the Victim of his 2008 conviction as a “fifteen-year-old, African American, hoodrat gal.” On February 26, 2015, respondent was charged with failing to register as a sex offender. On the same day, respondent emailed the State Bar a draft of a Federal Court Complaint that he intended to file in which he 1) disputed Jackson County’s ability to enact sex—offender-related ordinances, 2) stated that sex-offender registration laws are against public policy, 3) stated that offering a fifteen-year~o1d a kiss is “non-sexual” because it involves no sex organs, and 4) that ‘‘all Aames did was offer a kiss to a fifteen-year-old female.”

Source: Professional Legal Blog