Ohio law director found with prostitute can practice law

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A law director in eastern Ohio who was found with a prostitute can practice law as long as he avoids further misconduct.

Scott Hillis, 50, is the elected, part-time law director in Zanesville.

He pleaded no contest to misdemeanor offenses of solicitation and criminal trespass after his 2012 arrest.

He was discovered by police in a parked car with a known prostitute on private property, was convicted of misdemeanor solicitation and criminal trespass after pleading no contest.

The law license suspension was the result of a July 19, 2012, incident in which Hillis was found with a local prostitute in a driveway off Ridge Avenue in Zanesville.

The 36-year-old woman, who was not charged, told detectives Hillis would meet her once a week near Ridge Avenue and take her to the Beth Abraham Jewish Cemetery on Rehl Road, where she would engage in a sex act.

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday in favor of a six-month suspension of Hillis' law license but decided it should be stayed.

That means Hillis can continue legal work if he doesn't commit further misconduct.

The court cited a number of factors in Hillis' favor, including his lack of previous court discipline, his willingness to seek treatment for what the court called psychological issues, and his cooperation, character and reputation.

A message was left with Hillis' lawyer seeking comment.


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