Prattville attorney faces lawsuit after allegedly groping client

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Prattville attorney and former municipal judge George Walthall Jr. is accused of malpractice for reportedly groping a client suffering from mental illness.

The allegations were made in a civil lawsuit against Walthall filed Tuesday by former client Stephanie Wyatt and her husband, Leroy Adams Jr.

The lawsuit, filed by Montgomery attorney Jerry Blevins, alleges Wyatt retained Walthall as legal counsel involving a criminal case in Montgomery. The lawsuit reports in July 2014 Walthall made inappropriate advances toward Wyatt by rubbing her shoulders, even putting his hand down her shirt and touching her chest. During that visit, the lawsuit alleges Walthall removed Wyatt's bra and unbuttoned her pants.

[DOCUMENT: Complaint against George Walthall Jr. (.pdf)]

After Wyatt escaped, she reportedly received text messages from Walthall commenting on his actions and her body, “indicating a desire to go farther next time."

According to the lawsuit, Wyatt attempted to take someone with her during subsequent visits to Walthall's office as she didn't have enough money to hire another attorney on her case. 

According to the lawsuit, on or about Jan. 17 Wyatt attended a meeting alone where the same actions allegedly played out again. After this visit, Wyatt terminated Walthall as her attorney. The lawsuit alleges Walthall was aware of Wyatt's history of mental illness.

Court records indicate Wyatt was arrested in May 2014 on first degree theft charges in Montgomery involving $2500 of property at Montgomery Aviation. Walthall was removed from Wyatt's case on Feb. 4.

Blevins spoke candidly with WSFA 12 News about this case, saying he had “irrefutable proof" Walthall committed the sexual actions outlined in the lawsuit. Belvins could not confirm if Walthall had officially been served a copy of the case but confirmed he spoke to Walthall before it was filed.

WSFA 12 News made numerous attempts to speak to Walthall about the claims made against him in this lawsuit, by phone and through visiting his law practice. Coworkers reported Walthall was out of town.

In 2006, a state judicial ethics panel cleared Walthall of any wrongdoing after a complaint was brought by one of his colleagues.

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