A corporate lawyer who got 15 years in prison last year for keeping a Russian teen boy as a sex slave has finally been suspended from practice.
A New York state appeals court suspended Kenneth Schneider’s ability to practice law on Tuesday, noting that he had committed a “serious crime,” the New York Law Journal reported.
A federal judge had previously sentenced him to 15 years in prison for travelling between countries to have sex with a minor.
However, Schneider wasn’t automatically disbarred by a state court because there was no state-law equivalent of his crime, the Law Journal reported.
Schneider worked for Debevoise & Plimpton, a big-name international law firm based in New York City.
The lawyer convinced a Russian then-12-year-old’s parents to let their son live with him in his Moscow apartment after meeting him in 1998, the Daily Mail reported in December 2011, citing court testimony.
Schneider brought the boy back to the U.S. and had sex with him several times a week when he was 14 and 15 years old, the victim testified in federal court.
A lawyer for Schneider told the New York Law Journal that he’s continuing to assert his innocence and is appealing his conviction.