Attorney Michael A. Lancaster was arrested on Thursday, October 10 on charges of criminal sexual assault.
Illinois State Police say that the 63-year-old attorney was arrested on Thursday, October 10. Police had investigated Lancaster after one of his clients filed a complaint that the attorney had sexually assaulted them during a meeting at his Sterling office, located at 15 East 3rd Street.
Police investigators searched Lancaster’s home in Rock Hills and his office in Sterling for evidence during the investigation.
Following this investigation, Lancaster was charged with two counts of criminal sexual assault and one count of unlawful restraint. He was held at the Whiteside County Jail on $150,000 bond.
The Rock Island County State’s Attorney office will handle this case because of possible conflicts of interest within Whiteside County, where Lancaster’s practice is located.
Anyone with information regarding this case has been encouraged to contact the Illinois State Police at 815-632-4010, extension 229.
Attorney Brian Kent represents victims of sexual assault in civil lawsuits against sexual predators and negligent third parties. Jeff has offered to share some general information on the legal rights of clients who have been sexually assaulted by their lawyers:
Lawyers and other trusted professionals have a legal duty to treat their clients with respect. When one of these professionals violates their client’s trust by sexually assaulting them, the victim may have options for legal recourse in both criminal and civil courts. Along with reporting the lawyer to the police, these victims may have grounds for a lawsuit against their lawyer.
If you or a loved one is a victim of sexual assault by a lawyer or another professional you trusted, our attorneys are prepared to help you seek justice. You can learn more about your legal rights by speaking with one of our experienced sexual assault victims lawyers in a free consultation.