License restored to lawyer who exposed himself
COLUMBUS (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has restored the law license of a Columbus lawyer who pleaded guilty to exposing himself to women, then taking photos of their reactions.
Stephen Linnen pleaded guilty in September 2004 to 53 misdemeanor counts and served a year in jail. Authorities say he took pictures of 38 women over 18 months before his identity was discovered in late 2003.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that three mental-health professionals testified at an October reinstatement hearing that the 43-year-old Linnen was effectively rehabilitated with a low chance of relapse.
The Supreme Court’s Monday ruling to reinstate Linnen’s license also requires him to remain on probation for three years and be monitored by the Columbus Bar Association.
The court suspended Linnen’s license in 2006.