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A former associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore is in custody on rape charges stemming from his alleged involvement with two teenage girls who prosecutors say he paid for sex. On March 2, the Manhattan district attorney’s office announced its indictment of James Colliton, until recently a tax associate at Cravath in New York, on charges of second-degree rape and patronizing a prostitute. Colliton is also facing witness tampering and bribery charges over his alleged attempts to pay the girls not to cooperate with authorities. He faces up to seven years in prison for each charge if convicted. According to prosecutors, Colliton, now 41, began paying a 15-year-old girl to have sex with him in the summer of 2000. He also gave her alcohol and marijuana. Eventually, the girl’s 13-year-old sister moved into Colliton’s Manhattan apartment. The sister and Colliton also allegedly had a sexual relationship that continued through 2005. The girls’ mother is in custody — charged with promoting prostitution and endangering the welfare of a child. Colliton, who was initially was arrested in Canada and released before he could be handed over to U.S. law enforcement, was picked up by New York authorities Friday morning at St. Mark’s Hotel. Colliton was arraigned and pleaded not guilty that afternoon. He was denied bail. His lawyer, Alan Abramson, did not return a call seeking comment. According to a source, Colliton’s name was on Cravath’s Web site as recently as last week. Robert Joffe, Cravath’s presiding partner, says Colliton is no longer employed at the firm. He declined further comment.
Anthony Lin is a reporter with The New York Law Journal , a sister ALM publication. Emma Schwartz can be contacted at [email protected].

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