ROYAL OAK (WXYZ) - The criminal complaint reads like a seedy novel, but the U.S. Attorney says the allegations are all too real.
According to a criminal complaint filed earlier this month, Royal Oak attorney Donald Guest began soliciting a 14-year old prostitute in 2010 after meeting her through Backpage.com. He was one of her first clients and quickly became one of the most frequent.
In only a 3 month period, Guest called the girl—identified only as T.P.—more than 1,300 times. According to the complaint, he gave her $100 for each sexual encounter, paid to have her hair styled and, on her birthday, took her shopping at the mall.
When the girl was arrested in Georgia, the feds say Guest offered to help her. In exchange for sex, he drove her down south to get her impounded car. He later represented T.P. in her own prostitution case and text messages suggest that he used that to manipulate her.
Guest: Were you still gonna see me?
T.P.: Y not
Guest: Idk I was just asking cause u said after we finished up in court you would.
T.P.: U got money right
Guest: I’m talking about for helping you out. Remember?
Guest: Just get the appeal form from your new lawyer. I knew you would go back on your word.
At a hearing on August 11, Judge David Grand ordered Guest into federal custody pending his trial, saying the Royal Oak lawyer was a danger to the public at large.
Up until a few years ago, Guest wasn't even allowed to practice law. He had been disbarred for six years after admitting to forging checks and depositing his client's funds into his own personal bank account.
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