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APNewsBreak: Lawyer faulted in Ohio convert case

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A professional organization for lawyers has filed a complaint alleging misconduct by the former attorney of an Ohio teen who ran away to Florida after converting from Islam to Christianity.

The complaint alleges that Orlando, Fla., lawyer John Stemberger accused the attorney for the girl's parents of being paid by groups with terrorist ties and that he based the accusations solely on information from Facebook and a blog.

The Florida bar complaint provided to The Associated Press on Tuesday also says Stemberger appeared on TV as an attorney for the teenager after he stopped representing her.

Stemberger and his attorney did not immediately return messages seeking comment. Possible penalties range from a reprimand to disbarment.