A Winnipeg lawyer has been given a reprimand after pleading guilty at a disciplinary hearing to all charges against him, including sexual harassment of a client, conflict of interest and failing to act with integrity.
Jack King appeared before the Law Society of Manitoba on Monday to face the charges in connection with attempting to pressure a man, Alexander Chapman, to have sex with his wife, Lori Douglas.
The law society's decision to reprimand King means he will have a permanent blemish on his professional record. But a three-person disciplinary panel declined to suspend his law licence.
King must also pay costs of $13,650 to the regulatory body to cover the expense of its investigation.
Speaking to the disciplinary panel Monday morning, King offered apologies to his friends, family and fellow members of the bar.
"Most of all I apologize to my dear wife, who privately indulged my strange tastes," he said, adding she is innocent in the matter relating to Chapman.
"To my wife I can never apologize enough."
King gave sexually explicit photos of Douglas to Chapman in 2003 and tried, but failed, to get him to have sex with her.
Douglas was named a judge two years later.
King has admitted to sharing the photos, but his lawyer has said his client was depressed at the time and acting without his wife's knowledge.
Public not at risk: panel
The law society could have imposed a range of penalties, including revoking King's licence to practise law.
Lawyers for the law society and for King made a joint submission and recommend that the disciplinary panel not disbar King.
Instead, the society's lawyer sought a fine of up to $5,000.
King's lawyer Bill Gange specifically asked the panel to issue a reprimand, saying his client has paid his dues.
King withdrew from practising law for 10 months, sought counselling and has had no similar complaints against him since returning to practice in 2004.
The panel said King took responsibility for his actions and sought help. The public is not placed at risk by him, the panel ruled.
Meanwhile, Douglas is being investigated by the Canadian Judicial Council and has stopped hearing cases until the review is complete.