Thursday, March 2, 2006
A sordid indictment was announced today by Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau:
[The DA] announced today the indictment of a 42-year-old Manhattan lawyer on charges of using two teenage girls as prostitutes and then trying to bribe them to dissuade their cooperation with law enforcement. The defendant, who is a fugitive, has been indicted on charges of Rape in the Second Degree, Patronizing a Prostitute in the Second Degree, Bribing a Witness and Tampering with a Witness.
The defendant is JAMES COLLITON, a tax attorney at Cravath Swaine and Moore. The indictment, which was unsealed today to facilitate his apprehension, charges that in the summer of 2000, the defendant, who was 36-years-old at the time, began paying a fifteen-year-old girl to engage in sexual acts with him.
The investigation leading to today’s indictment revealed that in 2000 COLLITON invited the then 15-year-old girl to his apartment in midtown Manhattan. Initially, the defendant gave the girl alcohol and marijuana, and then paid the young girl to engage in sexual acts with him. This continued from 2000 through 2004. In late 2004, the 15-year-old victim’s sister, who was then 13-years-old, moved into COLLITON’s apartment, with her mother’s permission. Although the 13-year-old moved back to her mother’s home after a short period of time, the victim’s mother sent her back to COLLITON who then began a sexual relationship with her that lasted throughout 2005. The investigation revealed that COLLITON engaged in oral, anal and vaginal intercourse with her approximately five times a month in exchange for money; the amount of money paid was contingent on the act performed. The defendant paid both the girls themselves and the mother with cash and gifts to ensure continued access to the 13-year old.
Colliton (B.S. Syracuse, J.D. NYU) is married and is the father of five children. For more details, see: