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Prominent Austin Attorney Charged With Prostitution

Updated: Thursday, June 26 2014, 12:42 PM CDT

An Austin lawyer has been arrested on charges of prostitution as part of a nationwide sting on sex trafficking.

According to the arrest affidavit, 37-year-old Judson Sutherland is charged with prostitution, a class B misdemeanor.

Court documents say the Austin Police Department posted an online advertisement last Thursday in the escort section of a website used to solicit prostitution services -- and Sutherland responded and agreed to pay $60 for sex.

Police say he travelled to a hotel in North Austin to conduct the transaction and was arrested by an undercover officer when he identified himself.

The operation was part of a nationwide sting on sex trafficking called Operation Cross Country VII. The goal of the operation was to rescue victims of child sex trafficking and put the pimps behind bars.

Sutherland is a partner at the Austin law firm Hajjar Sutherland & Peters LLP and a former winner of Austin 40 Under 40. He name has since been taken off the official website's 2014 winner's list.

His law firm has released the following statement:

All of us at Hajjar Sutherland & Peters LLP are disturbed by the recent news involving Judson Sutherland. These are issues that we take very seriously, and are conducting our own investigation to ascertain the truth to the charges currently before Mr. Sutherland. In no way, shape or form is this being overlooked or discounted by this firm. We expect our attorneys and staff to comport themselves with class, dignity and in such a way as to reflect the values and ethics of this firm. It is up to the partners of Hajjar Sutherland & Peters LLP to set that example. To the extent that such an example was not set, we will deal with that internally.

At this point, Mr. Sutherland has been a partner at this firm and our friend for the last nine years; until we make our internal conclusions, it is hasty to comment upon or opine on the media's version of events, and we hope others will follow suit in this regard.

In the meantime, this will not affect the quality of our work, service levels expected by our clients, or the practice of law by this firm. We sincerely thank the hundreds of clients and friends who have reached out to us offering their support and continued patronage. We remind everyone this firm is comprised of twelve attorneys and seven staff members who have made Hajjar Sutherland & Peters LLP a wonderful place to work and have provided excellent services to thousands of clients since February, 2005. We love you, appreciate you and look forward to being of service for many years to come.

Kalinda M. Howe
Vice President
3 Point Partners

(Photo from the Austin Police Department.)

Prominent Austin Attorney Charged With Prostitution

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