On Wednesday, January 31, 2024, the Dayton Bar Association filed a formal complaint with the Board of Professional Conduct of the Ohio Supreme Court against attorney William T. Daly. The complaint involved 10 counts of alleged ethical violations.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of William T. Daly” with case number 2024-005.

The complaint states that Daly represented a woman, Sara Hasty, in a criminal case in 2016 where she was charged with burglary. Hasty was placed on community control and referred to a drug court program due to substance abuse issues. The complaint alleges that sometime after 2016, Daly engaged in an improper sexual relationship with Hasty while still representing her as her lawyer.

In 2018, Hasty reportedly went missing from her probation program for several months. Around this time, Daly is accused of contacting Hasty’s probation officer and making disparaging claims about her, including that she was involved in prostitution. Hasty later obtained a civil protection order against Daly but dismissed it shortly after.

The complaint further details reports of Daly using illegal drugs both by himself and providing them to Hasty on multiple occasions. It is also alleged that Daly attempted to improperly influence a police officer and made false statements in a police report regarding Hasty.

Tragically, Hasty passed away in 2020 from a drug overdose at the age of 24. If found guilty, Daly faces sanctions from the Ohio Supreme Court for various violations of the state’s rules of professional conduct governing attorney behavior. He is accused of engaging in conflicts of interest, breaching client confidentiality, discrediting the legal system, dishonesty, and other misconduct.

The Charge states:

“Relator requests that the Respondent be found in violation of the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct and be sanctioned accordingly.”

According to Avvo, Mr. Daly is a criminal defense attorney in Dayton, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Dayton, School of Law. He obtained his law license in Ohio in 1998.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.