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A solo practitioner in Hartford, Conn., is facing criminal charges involving an alleged sexual assault of a minor. Attorney Kweku J. Hanson also is looking at a possible suspension of his law license owing to the criminal charges. Hanson, 44, of West Hartford, was arrested Sept. 23 on a warrant by the Hartford Police Department and charged with second-degree sexual assault and two counts of risk of injury to a minor. He was arraigned Sept. 26 before Hartford Superior Court Judge Philip A. Scarpellino, who set a $50,000 cash or surety bond. Conditions of Hanson’s bond, which he posted, include no contact with any victim or victims and no unsupervised contact with anyone under 16 years old excluding Hanson’s own children, according to court documents. Hanson is scheduled to appear Oct. 11 in criminal court to enter pleas in the case. “There is a real concern when a lawyer who has clients in criminal court is arrested, because it impacts on his representation and may raise issues of ineffective assistance of counsel, which would make any disposition of the criminal cases subject to challenge,” Chief Disciplinary Counsel Mark Dubois said in response to Hanson’s arrest. Born in Ghana, Hanson was admitted to the State Bar in 1988. His practice focuses on immigration and naturalization issues, as well as criminal and personal-injury law. Dubois appeared at Hanson’s bond hearing and asked for an interim suspension and an appointment of a trustee to protect the interests of Hanson’s clients. A hearing on Dubois’ bid is scheduled for Nov. 9, according to court officials. The Hartford Police Department began its investigation of Hanson on Sept. 1, in response to a complaint of alleged incidents that occurred in May at Hanson’s law office, public information officer Nancy Mulroy said. Minimal details were being disclosed because the warrant was sealed, and there is an ongoing investigation. The charges Hanson is facing involve a juvenile, Mulroy confirmed. According to court documents, a VHS tape and a mini digital videocassette were seized from Hanson’s law office. Hartford attorney Norma Sanchez-Figueroa represented Hanson at his bail hearing. She declined to comment on the charges against her client, noting that it was not yet certain whether she will continue to serve as Hanson’s lawyer.

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