Skip to comments.Round Rock, TX: School Board VP Charged With Prostitution
Posted on 03/25/2005 9:56:43 PM PST by NormsRevenge
ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) -- A school board member and prominent lawyer has been charged with prostitution, accused of offering legal services in exchange for sexual favors. Steven C. Copenhaver, 56, was released from jail Thursday on a $750 bond.
An arrest affidavit said Copenhaver offered to represent a woman's husband if she and her sister-in-law would perform sex acts with him and each other.
"I am deeply apologetic to my family and friends," Copenhaver said in a statement Thursday. "I hope that all of them will support me during this difficult time. I intend to work through the legal process to get this behind me as soon as possible. Please keep me in your prayers."
Copenhaver, vice president of the Round Rock school board, has served 15 years during two stints on the board. He has practiced law for 20 years.
According to the warrant, Leigh Heavin called Copenhaver on Feb. 23 and asked if he could represent her husband in a criminal case. She told him that she did not have much money and asked if they could arrange a payment plan.
Copenhaver told Heavin that they could work something out and asked her if she had any good-looking friends, according to the warrant. He told her that he had fantasized about two women having sex together, according to the warrant.
The next day, Copenhaver came to Heavin's apartment shortly after her sister-in-law, Malinda Tilley, had dropped in, the warrant said. Unknown to Copenhaver, it said, Heavin's mental health caseworker, her mother and her husband were in a back bedroom.
Copenhaver asked Tilley and Heavin to perform sexual favors for him, according to the warrant. When the women asked "what they would get out of this," Copenhaver said he would represent Heavin's husband, the warrant said.
At that point, the caseworker - from the Bluebonnet Trails Community Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center - and other family members emerged and called police, according to the warrant.
John Romano, school board president, said he did not know how the arrest would affect Copenhaver's position on the seven-member board.
Information from: Austin American-Statesman
(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
Quid pro blow?
He'll probably get a promotion to president of the board.
Actually the lawyer should be commended, he asks permission before he scr*ws his clients.
Hmm, the woman's name is Leigh Heavin? Maybe that's what this guy thought he was in for with his proposal.
Round Rock is close to the People's Republic of Austin. It has become the suburb for aging hippies and the new yuppies. Considering the proximity to Austin, it amazing that he was requesting sex with females.
Over the last 20 years...this guy has probably done this kind of deal over a 100 times. There are going to be lots of women who come out of woodwork and claim they were taken in by this guy to. It'll be curious to see if the state bar does take away his license to practice law.
Another unethical lawyer?? Does that leave the US with 5 remaining ethical lawyers? Or is it 6?
I had no idea that the number was that high.
I agree. This isn't exactly a spontaneous action. This fella is a textbook definition of a sleazy lawyer.
It would be interesting to know what kind of interest he charged.
Really? Round Rock (and Williamson County in general) has had a reputation for being as Republican as Travis County is Democrat -- i.e. it's been one of the places where Austin political refugees have settled. When did the transformation you mentioned occur?
Hmmmm, come to think of it, that explains the freeway mess we have. The two counties don't get along with each other as far as planning goes.
I can assure you Round Rock is not full of aging hippies and new yuppies....The aging hippies live in South Austin and the new yuppies live in North and West Austin....
Round Rock is fairly conservative and Republican....The amazing part of this story is this idiot could have easily gotten his wish in Austin and Travis County...
As it is, this happening in Williamson County, this guy is in deep trouble......
Legal protection is not safe sex.
I know of an enclave of hard left folks who live there; they are trying to colonise the area.
I think President Bush got about 65% of the votes in the last election.