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September 22, 2014

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Lawyer, client accused of sexual contact at jail

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Curtis Cannon

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Crystal Wallis

An attorney and his client were arrested Tuesday after police allege the pair engaged in sexual contact at the Clark County Detention Center.

Curtis Cannon, 58, and his client, 23-year-old Crystal Wallis, each were arrested on a felony count of voluntary sexual conduct between a prisoner and another person, according to arrest reports.

Metro Police’s Criminal Intelligence Section began investigating the matter after receiving information about Cannon’s alleged misconduct with female inmates, the report states.

Detectives installed a camera Thursday in a detention center visiting room, where Cannon and Wallis were set to meet, police said in the report. The camera recorded video but not audio, thereby not violating private attorney-client conversations.

The video captured Wallis groping Cannon’s crotch area several times and then appearing to perform oral sex on him, according to the arrest report. At one point, Cannon gave Wallis a high five.

During the encounter, Cannon occasionally glanced toward a glass window on the visiting room door, the report states.

Detectives interviewed Wallis later that day after they viewed the video, police said. Wallis admitted to the sexual conduct, the report states.

On Monday, detectives contacted Cannon at the Regional Justice Center and interviewed him. Cannon allegedly admitted to having contact with Wallis, according to the arrest report.

Detectives arrested Cannon and took him across the street to the detention center, where he remained on $5,000 bail.

Cannon, who attended Brigham Young University for law school, has been a member of the State Bar of Nevada since 2007, according to his profile on the bar’s website.

Jail records indicate Wallis has been incarcerated since March on attempted possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of drugs not introduced into commerce and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

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  1. "The camera recorded video but not audio, thereby not violating private attorney-client conversations."

    Although it appears that the attorney has indeed committed the crime with which he has been charged, and that I think he should be disbarred, still I have some grave concerns about our prison managers installing video in an attorney/client room.

    Having been a hearing person, then deaf for 25 years, then having had my hearing surgically restored, I can say, without a doubt that communication does not just include audio. Hand gestures, body language, and eyes all play a remarkable part in everyday communication or conversation. No one need to say a word to communicate or carry on a conversation.

    And, I'll wager, if this comes to a trial, the video, and any confessions from it, will be thrown out.

    Would you want a video camera installed in your attorney/client room, without your knowledge and without a warrant? I sure would not. The ends do not justify the means here.

  2. @BeSafer .... yeah, you and the other 16 previous non-trusted comments here are are really grown up and all... They would all win 2nd grader achievement awards. It's no wonder that the average IQ in Las Vegas is about the same as a 60 watt light bulb.

  3. azaskfan...I wonder if he has a wife he can put the blame on for this?"

    Well in our other paper he is quoted as saying he was motivated by 14 years of not having sex with his wife.