Laguna Hills Attorney Gets Probation, Jail Time for Fondling Client

A Laguna Hills-based criminal defense attorney was sentenced Wednesday to five months in jail for fondling a female client in his office.

Adam Rudnick Stull, 57, of Ladera Ranch, was convicted in July of two misdemeanor counts of sexual battery, but jurors rejected a charge accusing him of touching the woman's vaginal area.

The victim was in her late 20s, and the attorney massaged her rear end both over and under her clothing on Nov. 7, 2017, Deputy District Attorney Michael Carroll said during the trial.

"He told her to lay down and she did, and he began massaging her body without her consent and put his hands up and down her back, touching her butt under her shirt," Carroll said.

The prosecutor argued that Stull also "grazed" her vaginal area, but jurors acquitted Stull of that charge.

Stull's attorney, Dana Cole, noted that his client was originally charged with a felony count of sexual battery by restraint, but it was tossed out by a judge before trial. Cole also indicated that Stull would be appealing the conviction, questioning the propriety of allowing witness testimony during the trial about a 28-year-old unrelated case in which Stull was acquitted.

"While we are disappointed with the conviction, we feel rather confident in our appellate issues," Cole said. "Mr. Stull remains a terrific attorney who's helped hundreds of clients over the years and is considered by the Orange County legal community to be a super, decent guy. I look forward to ultimately reversing this result."

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