Md. Official Is Indicted For Misconduct In Office

By: AP
By: AP
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- A grand jury has indicted a Maryland official for misuse of his executive protection squad, including having them wait while he had sex with a county employee in parking lots and using them to remove political opponents' signs.

State prosecutor Emmet Davitt announced on Friday the indictment of Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold by a county grand jury. The indictment charges the Republican with four counts of misconduct in office and one count of fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary.

The 69-year-old, who is not married, said Friday he will vigorously fight the charges and looks forward to having his side of the story heard.

Davitt says public officials criminally abuse their public trust when they treat public resources as their personal property and public personnel as their personal servants.

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