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Las Vegas lawyer charged with sexually harassing employees

Police sent an undercover officer to gather evidence against a Las Vegas attorney accused of inappropriately touching and sexually harassing multiple employees, according to an arrest report.

The undercover investigator, posing as a client seeking consultation on a divorce case, met Douglas Crawford, 67, on May 25 at his law office in the 500 block of South Seventh Street. During the meeting, Crawford made multiple sexual comments to her, attempted to touch her buttocks and attempted to kiss her on the lips, according to the Metropolitan Police Department’s arrest report.

Crawford was arrested the next day and taken to the Clark County Detention Center. Prosecutors charged him with five counts of open and gross obscenity, according to court records.

Four former employees, who were identified as Jane Does in the report, said Crawford had a pattern of “inappropriate sexual behavior” that included “unwelcome and unwanted touching, on multiple occasions,” according to the report.

Employees and several witnesses also accused Crawford of having sex with his clients in his office, knowing that employees could view a live feed of surveillance footage from the room.

“Jane Doe #2 believes Crawford traded his legal services for sex acts with some of his female clients, as he often never billed these clients,” the report said. “Crawford bragged to Jane Doe #2 about having sex with clients.”

Video obtained by investigators showed Crawford engaging in a sexual act with a client in his office, the report said, but the incident “appeared to end abruptly.” Several employees said that while Crawford was touching the client, he was on a video call awaiting a court hearing, and the encounter only stopped because the judge called his case to be heard.

In April, the district attorney’s office received an email regarding Crawford’s alleged sexual harassment, which launched the Metro investigation, according to the report. The email said several women “would like to report sexual harassment, but are afraid and don’t know how.”

Employees who spoke with detectives accused Crawford of forcing them to kiss her, touch her breasts or buttocks and make sexual comments after telling her they were uncomfortable. The women said that after they quit, Crawford asked them if they would report him for sexual harassment and offered to pay them a higher salary if they agreed to stay at the law firm.

Crawford has been a member of the Nevada State Bar since 1985.

In 2009, the Nevada Supreme Court suspended Crawford’s law license for five years after he stole $304,831 from clients to support his gambling and drug addictions. He pleaded guilty to stealing the money in 2011.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Contact Katelyn Newberg at [email protected] or 702-383-0240. Follow @k_newberg on Twitter.