BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. — The N.C. Bar Fall 2017 Journal reported that RC attorney Marvin Sparrow pled guilty and was convicted of three misdemeanor counts of assault on a female in Buncombe County Superior Court. All three counts occurred in the Rutherford County Jail. Earlier Sparrow of Rutherfordton surrendered his law license and was disbarred by the Wake County Superior Court.
As an attorney Sparrow had special privileges when meeting his clients for a consultation in the jail. With the poor security in the jail in the booths used for attorney client consultations, he abused some of his female clients. In at least one case Sparrow traded drugs for a look at the private body parts of an incarcerated inmate. For another he wanted to watch a piercing in an intimate area.
Sparrow also traded lawyer fees for favors in his office. There were more than 3 alleged incidents.
Having been an attorney in Rutherford County for over 30 years, and as the most senior and most experienced defense attorney, Marvin Sparrow had been a friend and mentor to every attorney in the Courthouse and to every prosecutor in the District Attorney’s Office. To ensure that those relationships did not influence or even give the appearance of influence in the handling of this matter, as soon as the allegations came to light we referred the case to the SBI for investigation and to the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office for all prosecution decisions.
For his misdeeds Sparrow received a 120 day sentence that was suspended, received unsupervised probation, and 120 hours of community service.Sparrow, Marvin Suspension Order