In March of 2013, Cary attorney Mark Seifert was arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of a minor. On February 3, 2014, Mr. Seifert entered guilty pleas to nine felony counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor. Judgment was entered subsequently, convicting Mr. Seifert of these offenses. Following the judgment, Mr. Seifert submitted an affidavit surrendering his law license.
The presiding Superior Court judge concluded that Seifert’s guilty plea and resulting conviction constituted a violation of Rule 8.4(b) of the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct. Under Rule 8.4, a lawyer commits professional misconduct by “commit[ing] a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects.” Based on the rule violation, the presiding judge entered an order disbarring Seifert on February 3, 2014.
View the full disciplinary order below.