PHOENIX (FOX 10) -- Officials with the State Bar of Arizona announced Thursday that it is suspending a Mesa attorney for two years, after he admitted to fathering a child with his client.
According to the statement, which was released Thursday afternoon, Kent M. Nicholas' suspension will take effect 60 days from March 13, which was when the suspension order was issued. Nicholas, officials say, was representing the client in criminal matters involving identity theft, shoplifting, and probation revocation when he violated attorney/client relationship by repeatedly engaging in a sexual relationship with the client.
Nicholas is noted by State Bar officials to be a married man. The client gave birth to a child in 2015, which Nicholas assumed no responsibility. DNA evidence confirmed paternity in 2017.
Nicholas, according to State Bar officials, was already placed on probation with the Bar's Member Assistance Program, after he slapped an incarcerated client who was handcuffed to a table, in a separate matter. In addition to the suspension, Nicholas will also pay $2,480.5 for costs and expenses incurred during the investigation.