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Attorney convicted of child porn charge to relocate

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An attorney for an Upper Arlington man convicted on a child pornography charge said his client will relocate outside the city.

William Feldman, a former Ohio Department of Taxation attorney, was convicted in January of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor.  His attorney, Eric J. Hoffman, said Feldman is not likely to challenge Upper Arlington and Franklin County prosecutors who say he must move from his home on Lyon Drive because it is within 1,000 feet of a school.

“He’s relocating,” Hoffman said. “It’s not going to be a problem.”

Feldman is scheduled for an Aug. 1 hearing in Franklin County Common Pleas Court in which the Upper Arlington City Attorney’s Office and the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office are set to ask for an injunction forcing Feldman to move from his home, which is within 1,000 feet of Greensview Elementary.

However, Hoffman said on Thursday, July 3, he doesn’t expect that hearing will be necessary.

“We’ll probably resolve this prior to the hearing,” Hoffman said. “He’s already purchased (another home) and he’s rehabbing it.”

Hoffman said Feldman will relocate outside of Upper Arlington and isn’t likely to challenge the local statute barring him from living within 1,000 feet of the school.

Previously, Hoffman had indicated Feldman shouldn’t have to relocate because he purchased his home before the local statute was enacted.

“He’s probably not going to make that argument now,” Hoffman said.

Earlier on July 3, the Ohio Supreme Court accepted Feldman’s resignation from the practice of law.

The 66-year-old, who was a state tax lawyer from 1973 until his retirement in 2010, previously had his inactive law license suspended by the court. 

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