Austin lawyer nabbed in prostitution bust to take leave of absence

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin attorney arrested on charges of prostitution during a child sex trafficking bust says he will step down as a partner at his law firm.

KXAN obtained the information in a letter Judson Sutherland sent to friends.

Sutherland, who won the “Austin Under 40” legal award, says he will take a leave of absence and come back to a renamed Hajjar, Sutherland and Peters as senior counsel.

In his email, Sutherland thanked those who offered “so much love in the middle of so much distortion.”

Agents say Sutherland and six other people were arrested in the operation last month. While the bust focused on human trafficking, Sutherland was only charged with prostitution, a misdemeanor. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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