D.C. attorney charged in child sex sting
A D.C. attorney and former adjunct George Washington University Law School professor was arrested Thursday on charges of child sexual exploitation.
Richard Donald Lieberman, 64, of Bethesda, was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for allegedly emailing sexually explicit material to two Florida federal agents who posed as underage girls.
During two weeks in August 2010, Lieberman allegedly sent an agent who posed as a 13-year-old girl a photo of a naked man, ICE said. He also used sexually explicit language with an agent who posed as a 10-year-old girl and sent her links to Web sites that had pictures of male and female genitalia, ICE said in a statement.
The State of Florida Attorney's Office charged Lieberman with six counts: two counts of receiving online statements for the purpose of sexual conduct with a child; two counts of using the computer to seduce a child; one count of transmitting harmful material to minors and one count of lewd or lascivious battery, ICE said.
Lieberman is listed as a principal at the District law firm McCarthy, Sweeney & Hathaway. According to his profile on the company Web site, he has worked at the firm since 1999 and his specialty is government contract litigation. He worked previously as a deputy inspector general for the Department of Defense and for the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee.
As an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School, he taught courses on advocacy. A university spokeswoman confirmed that Lieberman previously served as a part-time instructor. "He was last employed by GW in fall 2010."
In a statement, ICE officials said the agents were from Homeland Security Investigations in Tampa, Fla. and the investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide initiative to curb child exploitation and possibly deport the offenders.
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