Criminal Justice

Former Adjunct Law Prof at GW Charged with Attempted Online Seduction of Girls


A former adjunct law professor at George Washington University is facing six felony charges in Florida based on allegations he attempted to seduce two “girls” online.

Richard Donald Lieberman, 64, was arrested on Thursday and is being held in Maryland pending extradition hearings, the Lakeland Ledger reports. He last taught at the law school in the fall of 2010, school officials told the newspaper.

According to online bios posted by the law school and Lieberman’s law firm, he was a former deputy inspector general and assistant inspector general for the Department of Defense. He is currently a government contracts partner with McCarthy, Sweeney & Harkaway in Washington, D.C.

The Ledger story cites affidavit allegations that Lieberman had sexual online conversations with contacts identifying themselves as a 10-year-old girl named Danni and a 13-year-old girl named Jess. In reality, the “girls” were police investigators.

Lieberman allegedly sent Danni links to websites showing male and female genitals and instructed her to masturbate, the story says. He is charged with lewd battery, two counts of using a computer to seduce a child, two counts of receiving computer statements for the purpose of sexual conduct with a child, and transmitting harmful material to a minor.

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