Sunland, CA 91040
|1 January 2012||Inactive (9 years, 5 months ago)|
|6 May 2001||Discipline, probation; no actual susp. 99-C-10655 (20 years, 1 month ago)|
|16 June 2000||Conviction record transmitted to State Bar Court 99-C-10655 (21 years ago)|
|18 December 1975||Admitted to the State Bar of California (45 years, 6 months ago)|
May 6, 2001
H. LEE WATSON [#67953], 62, of Sunland was suspended for three years, stayed, placed on probation for four years and was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. The order took effect May 6, 2001.Watson stipulated to acts of moral turpitude after he pleaded guilty in 1998 to two counts of committing a lewd act on a child.He was convicted in Salt Lake City of fondling two female family members, ages 12 and 13. He was sentenced to two years in county jail, three years of probation, a $2,000 fine and sex-offender counseling. He was ordered to cover the cost of counseling for the girls and their immediate family and to have no contact with minors other than supervised contact with his daughter.Watson waived his rights to challenge the bar courtâ€™s recommendations on the basis of his convictionâ€™s finality and waived his right to review or appeal the case.As part of his probation, Watson was ordered to seek psychological help.In mitigation, Watson had no prior record of discipline over many years of practice. He has been attending sex-offender treatment since June 1998, and progress reports indicate his prognosis is good, with a significantly diminished likelihood to commit another sex offense.He cooperated with both the criminal and bar investigations, expressed remorse and paid restitution. Despite his criminal conviction, many members of his community â€” including a bishop and a former employer â€” continue to hold him in high esteem and expressed willingness to continue associating with him.