On Wednesday, February 28, 2024, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ordered the interim suspension of attorney Mark Black’s law license after he pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of conspiring to sexually exploit multiple children.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Mark A. Black,” with case no. 24-BD-014.

50-year-old Mark Black previously served as special counsel in the general counsel’s office of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation since 2013. However, in September 2021 he was arrested and indicted on six criminal counts related to the production, advertisement, receipt, distribution, and possession of child pornography.

Black pleaded guilty in federal court in Virginia in January to one count of conspiracy to produce child pornography and one count of coercion and enticement. He faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison and up to a maximum sentence of life imprisonment when he is sentenced on April 30.

The DCCA order states that Black was suspended on an interim basis based on his conviction of serious crimes in federal district court. As a member of online groups focused on exploiting children, Black sought to locate underage girls and convince them to engage in sexually explicit livestreams, which he would then covertly record and share.

The interim suspension means Black is prohibited from practicing law in Washington, D.C. pending the outcome of the criminal case against him in federal court in Virginia for his role in conspiring to sexually exploit multiple children.

According to lawyersjustia.com, Mr. Black acquired his law license in the District of Columbia in 2002.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.