Ex-A&O, Bingham partner gets 17 years after pleading guilty to child trafficking

A former Allen & Overy (A&O) New York partner was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison last week after pleading guilty to the sex trafficking of a child. 

Former capital markets partner Edward De Sear, who joined A&O’s New York office from Bingham McCutchen in 2010, pleaded guilty before US District Judge William Martini in Newark last week (19 December 2013) to one count of sex trafficking of a child and four counts of distributing child pornography.

According to information released by the US Department of Justice, the 67-year old admitted to arranging for a young boy to travel from Paris to Belgium and sexually abusing the child in 2011. The boy’s travel was partly facilitated by paying cash to the boy’s father.

He was also charged with distributing “hundreds” of video and image files of child abuse between 2010 and 2011, according to court filings. 

In addition to the prison term and restitution, Judge Martini ordered De Sear to pay a $25,000 fine and sentenced him to a lifetime of supervised release. He is also required to register as a sex offender.

De Sear is understood to have resigned from A&O when he was initially arrested in 2011. He spent over a decade working at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and five years at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy.