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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Ind. Courts - Plea deal pulled in attorney sex-attack case

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 7, 2007, headed "New Albany lawyer charged ," Harold J. Adams of the Louisville Courier Journal reports today:

A New Albany attorney charged with sexually attacking a 16-year-old girl is scheduled to go on trial in July after a judge yesterday granted a prosecution motion to withdraw a plea agreement.

Anthony Wallingford is charged with sexual battery and criminal deviate conduct stemming from an April 14, 2007, incident at the girl's Elizabeth home during a social gathering. He is accused of entering the girl's bedroom and committing sex acts.

Harrison County Superior Judge Roger Davis granted the motion of Special Prosecutor David Powell to withdraw a plea bargain that would have let Wallingford, 38, avoid registering as a sex offender and spend no more than 90 days in jail.

The two sides reached and filed a plea agreement on April 8, but Powell moved to back out two weeks later when the girl and her family withdrew their support for the deal. Wallingford's attorney, James Voyles, told Davis yesterday that talks aimed at reaching a new deal are "at an impasse."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 28, 2008 10:16 AM
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