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Denver Defense Attorney Named in Lawsuit Alleging Criminal Sex Acts
A defense attorney from Denver has been accused of trading his legal services for sex, according to a report from CBS Denver.

Charles Fife has been accused of preying on women and luring them into a polygamous lifestyle in a lawsuit filed in the Denver District Court. The lawsuit make sexual exploitation claims against Fife, who is not facing criminal charges.

According to the lawsuit, Fife faced similar charges back in 2004, but it did not lead to him being disbarred.

Fife runs a website related to DUI defense in Denver. It also says that he helps protect victims of sex crimes.



“They were vulnerable women who really didn’t have any other opportunity to get help except through an exchange of sex with him,” said Jay Reinan, a lawyer representing one of the victims in the lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, the indiscretions date back at least 10 years.

"For at least the last decade, Fife has sexually exploited, victimized and preyed upon women, including female clients, which is a violation of ethical standards," the lawsuit states. "Fife also grooms his clients through religious proselytization."

It says that Fife gave the women housing in an apartment building on South Birch Street called Korsakov. The apartment is only a couple of blocks from Fife’s office.

The suit also claims that Fife traded sex for legal counsel when one of his victims ran out of money. The suit goes on to say that Fife claimed women he picked up via his practice as his wives and that he pressed his Mormon beliefs on the women.

Reinan said that the majority of the women were financially destitute. The lawsuit never claims that any of the women were raped, but said that they reportedly felt trapped and that they could not say no to Fife.

“She really can’t consent to having a sexual relationship with him because he has all the cards. He has the money, he has the ability to keep her out of from jail, he has the ability to stop representing her if she withholds sex from him. So it’s not fair,” Reinan said.

The victim named in the lawsuit was hired to work for Fife and the relationship between the two continued.

The lawsuit also alleges that the office of Fife was used as a sex studio. Some 30,000 pictures and videos of sexual acts were recorded in the office.

Fife has yet to comment on the lawsuit.

11-02-2014

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