Criminal Justice

Once a Jet-Setter, Disbarred Ill. Trial Lawyer Serving Time in Coke Case Takes Plea in Teen Sex Case

Formerly a jet-setting trial attorney who founded a successful law firm in downstate Illinois near St. Louis, Thomas Lakin is now in his 70s, disbarred and serving federal time on, as one newspaper described it, “drug charges stemming from the cocaine-fueled sex parties he held.”

In a federal court hearing today he agreed to a plea in which he admitted the sexual abuse of a 15-year-old relative of a law firm employee years ago, in exchange for the dismissal of more serious sex charges, reports the Madison Record.

A new six-year sentence will be concurrent with his sentence in the drug case and will be followed by two years of court supervision.

Back in the day, Lakin at one point lived in Malibu, Calif., where his neighbors included Mel Gibson and Sylvester Stallone, the article notes.

Earlier coverage: (Sept. 2008): “Once-Prominent Illinois Lawyer to Plead in Cocaine Case” (Nov. 2010): “Civil Suit Against Ex-Lawyer Languishes Along With Criminal Sex Investigation”

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