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Former Waterloo attorney has license suspended

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- A former Waterloo attorney has had his license suspended for having sex with a client.

The Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board ruled Friday that Clovis Bowles will lose his license for 18 months for violating the Iowa Code of Professional Conduct.

According to court documents a woman sought to regain custody of her children in August of 2007 after being released from a mental health facility and asked Bowles to represent her.

During a second meeting, the woman became emotional when talking about her fitness as a parent and her past drug and alcohol use and prostitution.  According to court documents Bowles asked to kiss her and the two had sex in his office.  Court documents say Bowles had sex with the woman on other occasions while he was representing her.

When the relationship deteriorated, the woman filed an ethics charge against Bowles and found a new attorney.

Court documents say that when Bowles was asked to respond to the allegations, he presented an affidavit signed by the woman that he knew was false, because he helped write it.

A short time later, Bowles and the woman rekindled their relationship and the two were married on October 1, 2007.  The marriage lasted about six weeks.

Court documents say that in January 2008, the woman sought Bowles' services again for a contempt hearing.  She performed a sex act on Bowles inside the library at the Black Hawk County Courthouse.  After someone walked in on them, Bowles approached a district court judge who advised Bowles to report his conduct to the board.  He instead represented the woman at her contempt hearing the next day.

The documents say that while Bowles denied the relationship at the beginning, he admitted during his hearing that they had sex while a lawyer/client relationship existed.

The board ruled that Bowles' license will be suspended for no less than 18 months.

Bowles is no longer in the Waterloo area.

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