Hawaii attorney convicted in ear licking case

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A judge says a Hawaii attorney convicted of harassment is a "dirty old man" for licking a client's ear.

A former client of Lawrence McCreery testified that while discussing her child custody case last year, the attorney licked the back of her right ear. She says he did that after expressing disappointment she's married and hugging her.

The Kauai prosecuting attorney's office says McCreery took the stand Thursday to deny he licked the woman's ear and said she initiated the hug.

Per Diem Fifth Circuit District Court Judge Frank Rothschild ruled there's no evidence the woman made up the story. He says "these are the actions of a dirty old man."

Defense attorney Michael Soong plans to appeal.

McCreery has been licensed to practice law in since 1975.