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Baltimore lawyer’s sex offense trial delayed for 4th time

The trial of a Baltimore lawyer accused of inappropriately touching a catering-staff worker at his firm’s 2013 holiday party was postponed Tuesday morning for the fourth time.

Isaac M. Neuberger’s trial is now scheduled for Jan. 20 in Baltimore City Circuit Court. Neuberger’s lawyer, Joshua Treem, was unavailable to attend Tuesday’s hearing before Judge Marcus Z. Shar. Treem’s colleague at Brown Goldstein Levy LLP in Baltimore, Stuart O. Simms, requested the postponement without objection from prosecutors.

Neuberger on Tuesday waived his right to a speedy trial. He had pleaded not guilty in March to a fourth-degree sex offense and, through Treem, has denied all charges against him.

The January trial date would be almost one year after Neuberger was formally charged in connection with the incident, which allegedly took place Dec. 12 at the Baltimore office of Neuberger, Quinn, Gielen, Rubin & Gibber P.A.

The accuser, a 25-year-old male, filed a handwritten statement of charges in Maryland District Court in the hours after the incident.

According to that statement of charges, Neuberger struck up a conversation while the men were using urinals and, as they finished, told the accuser about “exercises to keep my abdomen in shape” and touched him inappropriately.

The man did not know who Neuberger was at the time, but filed his statement of charges after his own employer told him, according to the statement of charges.

A fourth-degree sex offense is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison, a fine of $1,000 or both.

A second-degree assault charge initially filed against Neuberger was dropped.

Neuberger has practiced law in Maryland for almost 45 years. His practice focuses on business transactions and he is an adviser to senior management and boards of directors for a number of companies, according to his profile on Neuberger Quinn’s website.