We have some alarming news to report on from California, where a staff member at one of the most successful Biglaw firms in the country stands accused of attempting to initiate sexual contact with a minor.
Micael Barnum, a legal secretary at Morrison & Foerster’s Los Angeles office, was arrested on January 28 in Alhambra, California, in the wake of a vigilante sting by a group known as the Creep Catching Unit (CC Unit). The CC Unit claims that it used a social media account to lure Barnum to the L.A. suburb for an alleged sexual encounter with an underage boy. The American Lawyer has the details:
Barnum was arrested on a felony charge of contacting a minor with the intent to commit a crime involving the minor, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He was bonded out of custody on Sunday.
A MoFo spokesperson said the firm is aware of Barnum’s arrest: “Although to our knowledge nothing in the reports pertains to workplace-related conduct, Mr. Barnum was immediately placed on administrative leave from the firm pending further review.”
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