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Naples lawyer disbarred after allegedly pleasuring himself on girlfriend he allowed ex-partner to attack

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By Karen Kidd | Oct 1, 2019

Sexassault

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Suspended Naples attorney Jon Douglas Parrish has been voluntarily disbarred following an Aug. 29 Florida Supreme Court order and his 2017 arrest after he allegedly pleasured himself on his girlfriend, whom he had allowed his ex-girlfriend to brutally attack.

"Parrish was adjudicated guilty of a misdemeanor charge of harassing a victim, in this case of a domestic violence attack," The Florida Bar said in its Sept. 26 announcement of the discipline and the court's order.

In its two-page order, state Supreme Court approved Parrish's uncontested petition for disciplinary revocation, tantamount to disbarment, with leave to seek readmission after five years. Parish, 56, already was suspended, which meant his disbarment was effective immediately. The court also ordered Parish to pay $1,280 in costs.

Florida court orders are not final until time to file a rehearing motion expires. Filing such a motion does not alter the effective date of Parrish's disbarment.

Parrish was admitted to the bar in Florida on Oct. 1, 1993, according to his profile at the state bar website.

Parrish was arrested in early January 2017 after his girlfriend, unidentified because she was a victim domestic assault victim, escaped from Parrish when she said she wanted a coffee, according to a Collier County Sheriff's criminal affidavit and news reports at the time.

Parrish was charged with false imprisonment, domestic violence battery, and tampering with a witness, victim, or informant. Parish was later released on $12,500 bond.

The attack reportedly occurred in November 2016 when Parrish's ex-girlfriend and business partner Natalie V. Peysina entered the home that Parish shared with his then-girlfriend and assaulted her for about an hour. Peysina allegedly told the woman she would kill her and choked her enough that "she lost consciousness more than once," the affidavit said.

Parrish "watched and did nothing to help the victim," the affidavit said.

Later, as Parrish held her in what she mistakenly believed was to "comfort her because she was shivering and scared from what just happened," Parrish tried to have sex and, when she told him "he was out of his mind," pleasured himself on her instead, according to the affidavit.

Parrish later told a local news outlet that he "didn't do anything wrong" and that he was "embarrassed and humiliated" by the allegations.

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