(CN) – New York suspended an attorney for two years after he became “obsessed” with a family whose daughter he had represented.
Charles J. Keegan has a law office in Albany County and has been practicing since 1998.
The Albany-based Third Department New York Appellate Division suspended Keegan for “fraudulent and illegal conduct,” according to the court’s unsigned opinion.
“In mid-2009, respondent became obsessed with the family of an adolescent whom he had represented as attorney for the child,” the five-judge panel wrote.
“His obsession manifested in numerous electronic communications with family members and others concerning the adolescent’s alleged drug use and sexual activity, all under the guise of his concern for her well-being.”
In response to the “often vulgar and profane” communications, the family complained to police, and Keegan pleaded guilty to two counts of disorderly conduct, for which he was fined. The town court also issued the family a two-year order of protection against Keegan, the judges wrote.