Candidate for District Attorney faces disbarment hearing

Seth Carey (WGME)

PORTLAND (WGME) -- A Republican candidate for District Attorney in three Maine counties could end up losing his eligibility for the office.

Seth Carey is facing a disbarment hearing on Wednesday.

Carey could have his law license revoked after allegations he sexually abused a woman and then proposed paying her to drop her complaint.

Wednesday’s hearing will focus on the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar's amended 23-page complaint against Carey, saying he should be suspended for two years or be disbarred.

In March, a former client accused Carey of sexual assault.

Carey says he was allowing her to live with him, and while Carey insists those allegations are false, his law license was suspended.

According to the Secretary of State's Office, in order to run for District Attorney, you have to be an attorney.

The board says Carey violated more than a dozen Maine Bar rules of professional conduct, including competence, communication fees, and duties to former clients.

A spokeswoman for the Maine Republican Party said it is not supporting Carey and called the allegations against him "disturbing to say the least."

Carey believes he will be able to appeal his suspension and continue his campaign.

The hearing will take place Wednesday and Thursday at 8:30 a.m.

Carey is a candidate for District Attorney in Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford counties.

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