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Lawyer sentenced for bringing hash oil, having sex in Pierce County Jail

A lawyer accused of having sex with a Pierce County Jail inmate and providing hash oil to others won’t have to serve further time behind bars himself.

William Mack Stoddard Jr., 68, pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree attempting to introduce contraband, and soliciting to deliver a controlled substance.

He was sentenced Thursday to a 364-day suspended sentence, which means he won’t serve the time if he avoids further trouble with the law.

Defense attorney Leslie Tolzin told the court Stoddard had closed his practice before the incident.

“He’s just trying to retire, your honor,” Tolzin said.

Stoddard told the court: “I’m embarrassed your honor, obviously, for having to be here today.”

He said he also hoped to regain the court’s trust in time.

Undersheriff Rob Masko also spoke at the sentencing.

“We see this as a major affront on the safety and security of our inmates,” he said.

Retired Superior Court Judge Thomas Felnagle, who was filling in on a temporary basis, presided over the sentencing.

Noting that Stoddard had “absolutely no record as a 68-year-old man,” he followed the joint sentencing recommendation of prosecutors and Tolzin.

According to charging papers:

Stoddard visited an inmate at the jail 19 times between March 2015 and Feb. 3, 2016. The lawyer was not the inmate’s defense attorney, and appeared to represent him in a dependency proceeding.

The inmate said the two had sex during their meetings, in exchange for Stoddard providing money for phone calls and other jail expenses.

Stoddard also brought butane hash oil to the inmate, who delivered it to other inmates who had paid for the drugs.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell

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