The Georgia Supreme Court has suspended the law license of a former Clayton County public defender for two years, and also refused to credit his six-months voluntary cessation of his legal practice toward that punishment.
Robbie M. Levin, 40, of Atlanta, pleaded guilty last year to misdemeanor distribution of obscene materials and criminal attempt to commit interference with custody.
Tuesday's ruling includes the condition that Levin remain in the rehabilitation phase of his therapy.
Under the rules of the Georgia Bar, Levin must end his law practice, and has 30 days from the date of the suspension, to let clients know he cannot represent them.
Levin could not be reached for comment. Efforts to reach Jonesboro attorney Keith Martin, who represented Levin in his criminal proceedings, were also unsuccessful.
Clayton County police arrested Levin in 2007, after an investigation showed that he made contact with the 16-year-old daughter of a colleague. Police said Levin communicated with the girl through Internet chat rooms, exposed his genitals via a web camera, and asked her to lie to her parents, in order to meet him for a movie date.
But the girl had alerted her parents, who called police. When Levin showed up at a Morrow restaurant to pick up the girl, he was arrested. At the time of his arrest, Levin was a public defender in Clayton County.
The 11-page ruling states that Levin voluntarily sought treatment, and stopped practicing law, for six months after his arrest.
An expert testified that Levin has a history of low-level chronic depression. Also, testing showed that Levin did not meet the criteria for pedophilia, or other deviant sexual behaviors, according to the ruling.