Cedeno threatens client for speaking up against sexual harassment

News source: https://nycscribe.com/news/new-york/peter-cedeno-nyc-divorce-lawyer-accused-of-sexual-abuse/

Cedeno threatened to attack Pacelli if news of his adulterous relationship became public. Pacelli has reported Cedeno to the state ethics committee and is weighing criminal charges against him. She shared her story because “I just don’t want it to happen to someone else”.

Since the details of the case became public, numerous other sexual misconduct allegations have been made against Peter Cedeno. Cedeno purportedly used his role as an attorney to pursue several sexual relationships, including one with the wife of a client between 2010 and 2012. Cedeno’s client has not been named publicly, and it is unclear if another lawsuit has been filed against Cedeno or if he has been reported to the state ethics committee for these actions.

Further Reading: PETER CEDENO, NYC DIVORCE LAWYER, ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ABUSE

New York Divorce Attorney Accused of Rape

Peter Cedeno Accused of Rape.

Original Source: https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-attorney-seduced-client-highly-contentious-divorce-case-article-1.2813302

Amorous attorney Peter Cedeno preyed on the woman when her eight-year marriage collapsed, bedding the Manhattan mom after a boozy lunchtime rendezvous and two months of wooing, according to a startling lawsuit.


Amorous attorney Peter Cedeno preyed on the woman when her eight-year marriage collapsed, bedding the Manhattan mom after a boozy lunchtime rendezvous and two months of wooing, according to a startling lawsuit.

The suit accuses Cedeno of malpractice, negligence and sexual assault.

“I’m not ashamed to say it — I was raped,” Atesa Pacelli told the Daily News after the Manhattan Supreme Court suit was filed.

It charges Cedeno, 48, leveraged his “undue influence over Atesa Pacelli to engage her in a sexual relationship.”

Pacelli hired Cedeno on June 3 to represent her in a “highly contentious” divorce from her husband Anthony. She was barred from contact with her spouse by an order of protection, and turned to Cedeno for help, the suit said.

Within a week, the flirtatious Cedeno told his “beautiful” client that she looked “10 years younger” than her actual age, the lawsuit charged.

“From the beginning, the relationship was a little bit weird,” Pacelli, 41, told The News. “And then he just started being very flirtatious with me.”

“Right now I’m in the middle of doing something simply for pleasure,” Cedeno texted Pacelli in one bit of raunchy repartee on Aug. 19. “Use your imagination.”

The lawyer first slept with Pacelli in her apartment after an alcohol-laden Aug. 10 lunch, “taking advantage of her intoxicated condition,” the suit charged. She was “unable to meaningfully consent.”

Petition to Disbar NYC attorney over charges of sexual assault.

Divorce is an emotional and vulnerable time and anyone going through this process deserves respect and care. To the New York Bar: it is your job to police your lawyers. Please don’t let your many fine decent and honorable members be damaged by the presence of a sleazy sexual predator. Please protect men and women from the Peter Cedeno types of the world, the kind of people who should not be connected to your association. 

Hold Attorney Peter L. Cedeno accountable for his sexual harassment and misconduct. A divorce attorney should not be allowed to abuse his power like this. Please investigate Peter L. Cedeño & Associates, P.C. and prevent other victims from being abused. It’s time to speak out and make a change.