Marion County public defender accused of offering legal services for sex

Christopher Hollander, 36, charged

INDIANAPOLIS - A Marion County public defender is accused of texting an undercover police officer who he believed was a prostitute, and then trying to exchange legal services for sex, police said.

Christopher Hollander, 36, is charged with patronizing a prostitute.

The investigation began in November, when a detective in Indianapolis police's vice unit received a text message on a phone from a known prostitute reading, "Are you still in Indy? I'd like to see you," according to the probable cause affidavit.

In the texts, Hollander said he had heard that the woman had been arrested, and asked if he could help, writing, "I have quite a bit of experience with these cases. I'd be happy to help," according to the affidavit.

Hollander and another vice detective posing as the woman talked over the phone before agreeing to meet at an Indianapolis hotel, according to the affidavit.

Hollander and the undercover officer discussed the case at length before the officer asked how she would pay for his legal services, according to the affidavit.

"I'm going to do this case for you regardless. I'm not expecting anything, but you know … if you want to talk about things for me too, that would be OK," Hollander told the undercover officer, according to the affidavit.

Hollander then began kissing and hugging the officer, and told her he had brought two condoms, according to the affidavit.

That's when the undercover officer signaled the other detectives who were monitoring the meeting, according to the affidavit.

In an interview with police afterward, Hollander admitted to using information obtained through his job as a public defender to meet with prostitutes at their hotels rooms under the pretense of discussing pending criminal charges, but he denied patronizing any of the prostitutes until now, according to the affidavit.

"A person in that situation is going to be coerced, feel like they are put on one way or the other. So at the very best, I was being very manipulative," he said, according to the affidavit. "I was hoping there would be an exchange."

His status with the Marion County Public Defender's Agency was unclear Friday evening.

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