Perhaps the last chapter in Aaron Biber’s fall from grace was completed earlier this month. He was disbarred by the Minnesota Supreme Court in a brief, one page decision.
Biber pleaded guilty earlier this year to first-degree criminal sexual conduct. The charge was based on accusations that he sexually assaulted a minor boy who was friends with his son. Prosecutors introduced evidence of thousands of text messages between Biber and the boy and said that Biber gave him alcohol and pornography over the course of several years and then sexually assaulted the boy at his home in October. He was arrested at a shopping mall after he went there under the assumption that he was meeting the boy.
Biber was sentenced to 18 years in prison and must serve 12 before he can be considered for supervised release.
Biber was a civil attorney at the Minneapolis firm of Gray Plant Mooty when he was arrested and in line to be president of the Minnesota State Bar Association this summer. He also previously served as president of the Hennepin County Bar Association.
The director for the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility filed a petition for disciplinary action against Biber. The court agreed that there was proof of “misconduct warranting public discipline” and that the criminal act reflected “adversely” on Biber’s fitness to be a lawyer.