Legal Ethics

Lawyer Faces Tax-Shelter Trial, Child-Exploitation Indictment & Arson Probe

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An Idaho attorney is being held without bail in San Diego, Calif., where he also had an office, following a federal grand jury indictment last month on child-exploitation charges.

Meanwhile, David Jacquot, 52, is also under also investigation in Bonner County, Idaho, where what authorities are saying a suspicious fire that appears to have been an arson destroyed his home earlier this year. That was after abuse allegations were made against him by a teen who is now in high school concerning claimed sexual abuse in 2006, reports the Spokane, Wash., Spokesman-Review.

Authorities searching Jacquot’s home after the fire reportedly found more than 40 firearms there, including a grenade launcher.

Jacquot allegedly flew the victim in the child-exploitation case from Idaho to San Diego multiple times in 2006.

The new case comes as Jacquot was about to go to trial in a federal tax-shelter civil case, in which he is accused of filing false tax returns in 2002 and 2003 while serving as general counsel for the Xelan financial-management company, according to the Spokesman-Review. (A 2004 article in the San Diego Union-Tribune provides additional details.)

His lawyer, Michael Crowley, is appealing the no-bail decision in the child-exploitation case but did not respond to a request for comment from the newspaper.

Additional coverage:

Bonner County Daily Bee: “Questions remain in fire “

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