An Ohio attorney is accused of raping a woman in a courthouse conference room after she refused to have sex with a judge.
Columbus-based criminal defense attorney Javier Armengau, 52, allegedly tried to convince the mother of his client to perform oral sex on a judge, The Columbus Dispatch reports. Armengau said that the judge was "in his pocket" and that by pleasing him the woman could obtain a favorable sentence for her son, the alleged victim said in her testimony.
After the woman refused, Armengau allegedly assaulted her in a conference room.
The Columbus Dispatch reports:
The woman said that she made numerous visits to Armengau’s office and that on at least 10 occasions he stripped naked and masturbated in front of her.
The rape, she said, occurred when Armengau took her into a conference room outside the courtroom after her son’s sentencing and forced her to perform oral sex on him.
Those allegations come from the third of the five women who have brought accusations against Armengau, currently on trial for charges of rape, sexual battery, gross sexual imposition, kidnapping and public indecency.
The Marion Star reports that the Columbus Bar Association has asked the Ohio Supreme Court to suspend Armengau's law license.
“I have not engaged in any wrongful conduct nor have I done anything that should warrant a complaint,” Armengau said Monday.
Armengau is a member of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, according to his website.