Reema Bajaj, a 25-year-old lawyer from Sycamore, Illinois (about 55 miles from Chicago), has been charged with three counts of prostitution. According to police, they began investigating Reema when they stumbled upon emails between her and a man for the purposes for prostitution during an unrelated child pornography investigation. "It was quite obvious from the content of the emails she had arranged for encounters for money," DeKalb police Lt. Gary Spangler said. "There were pictures with the emails, and we were able to identify (Bajaj). From there we were able to get other emails which connected her to other individuals regarding prostitution.” Police said on Aug. 13. 2009, she solicited herself and on May 10, Reema offered to perform a sex act with a man for $50. Investigators say Reema has been involved in prostitution activity for several years -- long before she was admitted to the Illinois bar last November. After a warrant was issued for her arrest, she turned herself in to authorities on May 31. She posted a $500 cash bond and was released.
Yesterday in court, she pleaded not guilty to the charges and posted this message on her Web site: "As I am sure most people are aware of who are visiting my site for the first time. I have been charged with prostitution. These charges are serious, and it has been a trying times for me. I have fought for the rights of my clients. Things happen for a reason, and although I do not yet know the reason this is happening to me, I am sure that one day I will. I have many clients who walk through my doors telling me: “They did not do it”. I am one of those who believe what my clients tell me and I aggressively defend them in court. I will now be doing the same thing for myself. I have helped many clients and will continue to do so. I am probably one of the few attorneys who knows what it feels like to be accused and in need of help. This action will only make me stronger and better able to understand what my clients are going through. As a side note, I just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone of my friends, clients and other attorneys who have expressed concern and offers of help. Your support is truly felt and appreciated by myself and my team, so......thank you! Reema Bajaj"