Lisa Traylor-Wolff, a 52-year-old part-time Indiana judge and defense attorney, is facing professional misconduct charges of having sex with a 26-year-old prisoner she represented.
According to the Indianapolis Star, Traylor-Wolff is facing three disciplinary charges from the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications based on an alleged sexual relationship with the inmate. In a statement, the Indiana Supreme Court said the commission had accused the senior judge of having a "physically intimate relationship with a 26-year-old client” while he was serving time at the Miami Correctional Facility on felony charges.
The commission alleged that Traylor-Wolff, who works part-time as a public defender, began the relationship when she was appointed to represent the defendant and continued it even while appealing on his behalf. The defendant’s name has not yet been released.
“The [inmate] was eventually convicted and sentenced to the Department of Correction,” the Supreme Court wrote in the statement. “Traylor-Wolff continued representing the client on appeal. …The commission alleges she began a romantic relationship with the client while representing him. The commission also alleges inappropriate conduct occurred when Traylor-Wolff and the client were in an attorney-client visitation room at the Miami Correctional Facility.”
According to the court’s statement, the disciplinary charges against Traylor-Wolff are only allegations at this point. “Only the five members of the Supreme Court can determine what, if any, allegations are true,” the court wrote.
Traylor-Wolff is currently employed by the Logansport firm Leeman Law Office, and is described in her bio has having “broad criminal practice” that include “extensive experience handling estates and family law issues.” She formerly served as president of the Pulaski County Bar Association and remains a member.
Traylor-Wolff has not commented on the allegations.