The 58 year old lawyer is a member of the State Bar of Nevada since 2007.
There appears to have been more going on than meets than eye with this case because the Las Vegas Review Journal reports that the visit between Curtis and his client, Crystal Wallis was secretly videotaped and the “encounter” lasted for 26 minutes.
There was no audio in order to protect the attorney client relationship.
Crystal Wallis was arrested too.
What is telling in this case is that while he was being questioned, Cannon denied the charges at first of receiving oral sex and later admitted it was true.
He also reportedly said that jail officials recently banned him from having contact visits at the detention center.
What is not clear is if he was banned, how was he able to have the contact visit with his client and more importantly why was he banned. Was there suspicion that he was engaged in similar acts prior to the offense he is now charged with?
In an effort to further explain himself, the disgraced lawyer said that he had not had sex with his wife in 14 years and that his 23 year old client Crystal Wallis wanted to marry him when she was out of jail.
He was charged with one count of Voluntary Sexual Contact with a Prisoner and could face a prison sentence of up to four years.
The Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 1.8. Conflict of Interest states,
A lawyer shall not have sexual relations with a client unless a consensual sexual relationship existed between them when the client-lawyer relationship commenced. This paragraph does not apply when the client is an organization.
Were they having sex before the relationship began? Curtis likely met Wallis through his line of work.
Has he violated the above provisions and will he face any additional charges?
His initial court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 5 before Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Diana Sullivan.