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Leopold Accused of Sexual Misconduct in Parking Lot

Republican John Leopold has been accused of using his executive protection staff to assist campaign dirty tricks and sexual encounters.

UPDATE (5:52 p.m.)—Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold is accused of using his executive protection staff to escort him to a parking lot for “sexual activity with another county employee [in 2010],” the state prosecutor's office announced Friday.

An Anne Arundel County grand jury indicted the Republican on Wednesday on four counts of misconduct in office and one count of fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary, according to a release.

The indictment details a wide range of misconduct that includes using Anne Arundel County police officers to keep "dossiers" on his political opponents and to drive him to locations throughout the county where Leopold would remove his opponent's campaign signs in 2010.

The indictment alleges a "systematic use of on-duty sworn Anne Arundel County officers as political campaign workers," according to the press release. The officers would pick up and deposit campaign contributions and check on campaign signs for several hours a day, according to the indictment.

In addition, the police officers drove Leopold to parking lots to meet women for sexual encounters and they ran interference between a girlfriend and his live-in partner during a hospital stay, according to the news release. 

“The indictment also recounts two hospital stays for back surgery during which the County Executive required an additional police officer to work overtime to prevent one girlfriend from meeting up with his live-in partner. The cost to Anne Arundel County for police overtime pay during these hospital stays exceeded $10,000,” the release stated.

The Republican "regularly misused his executive protection staff and other county employees for his own personal benefit," the indictment alleged.

"Public officials criminally abuse their public trust when they treat public resources as their personal property and public personnel as their personal servants. These abuses will not be tolerated," state prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt said in the release.

Leopold’s attorney, Bruce Marcus, has not released a statement. Leopold will not be arrested but a criminal summons will be served on his attorney, according to sources. 

No trial date has been set. Davitt was not available for comment.

said in an intervew with Patch that it's a "very sad day" for the county.

"This is a distraction that the county doesn't need, we should be focusing on the financial issues of the state and how they are going to affect the citizens of the county," said Vitale, a Severna Park resident, via telephone. "I have two thoughts that come to mind: the county has heard for months about the ongoing investigations this certainly answers a question about what is happening. It is now up to the court system and the legal process to take over."

But talk of an indictment has been brewing for months.

“It’s about time. … The accusations that came out against him and some of the things, I’m pretty sure he did,” county council PTA president Ray Leone told Patch. “I had some personal dealings with the man. I was relatively sure what he’s being indicted for is true.”

Leone owns and operates a toy store in .

Patch editors Jonathan Moynihan and Leslie Hunt also contributed to this article.

Ben Better March 02, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Mr. Leopold must really be stepping on these democrat liberals toes for the manhunt of any charge that will stick, and been going on ever since the mans been in office.
DJ March 02, 2012 at 10:04 PM
...that's what politicians do......ask Clinton, Weiner, Hart, Craig.....amongst others. And it spans both parties.....
It's me... March 02, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Good old Mr. Leopold... I remember back in the nineties delivering pizza to his Elizabeth's Landing home and receiving, EVERY TIME, a whopping .25c tip. I insisted EVERY TIME in giving him the change back. One delivery guy would actually throw the quarter in his yard. Needless to say that no driver wanted to take his pizza and it set on the rack until there were several deliveries to that area. Perhaps he 'tips' better now...
JB March 02, 2012 at 10:24 PM
It appears that Mr. Leopold has been stepping on more than just "democrat liberals toes"! Come on really....you think it is ok that he misused county employees as his own personal body guards for his triangle affair?? Really!?
JB March 02, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Cheap guys always play cheap tricks!
Ken March 02, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Is my memory correct that this is the same Leopold that used to stand on the side of county roads back in the 90's, waving with a huge sign that only had the name "LEOPOLD" on it? Or am I confusing him with another politician?
Kim Ritter March 02, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Just because "that's what politicians do" doesn't make it legal or ethical in our county. And I don't think there enough liberals in AA county to control the justice system
RGM March 02, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Shame on him - If Guilty. Behaving like a Democrat...
Bill Groome March 02, 2012 at 11:20 PM
The county is in a financial crunch and we are going to allow them to waste money on this trivial garbage. They have already wasted over two years of the tax payers money to come up with the charges. The end result will accomplish what??? WHY CAN"T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG???
Carol B March 02, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Let me save him some breath. He's heartily sorry (that he got caught) for hurting his family and his constituents (who wouldn't have known what he was up to if some disloyal creep hadn't ratted him out). He's made a grave error in judgment (in that he did whatever he did that exposed him). He is willing to suffer the consequences of his actions (except where he can figure out how to avoid them) and will voluntarily take a sex education class, driving no county vehicle until he completes it. (Oh wait--that was another politician.)
Susan Jenkins (Editor) March 03, 2012 at 12:24 AM
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Mere March 03, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Isn't a financial crunch part of the reason this is worth investigating? Wasn't there just a Patch article about the resource challenges of AA county police officers?
Richard Washburn March 03, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Its long been know in county government what was going on. Let me refer you to Councilman Middlebrooks statement to the Chief in a county council investigation when he said "We all know who the employee is". And to those few who are defending him, is it really proper to have police officers changing your piss? Really?
Wanda March 03, 2012 at 02:21 AM
John Leopold is a dirty old man, and needs to go to an old perverts home.
LLH March 03, 2012 at 02:41 AM
That certainly doesn't make it right.
Amy Leahy March 03, 2012 at 11:40 AM
@Wanda - agreed. This Republican is not pleased that he has given fodder to assist in making the Republican party a punching bag…as if the party needed it.
Georgette Bennett March 03, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Come on people. Regardless of party affiliation, this man has major problems. I'm so glad this was brought to light!
Double D March 03, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I voted for the guy, but believe wholeheartly that he should resign. This is a complete abuse of the county. Thing is the personality and character traits that lead this fraud to do the things he has done will likely prevent him from realizing he should resign.
Kristy Seas March 03, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Here is another republican disgusted by Leopold. Disgusted by him,his treatment of people and lack of courage. He needs to go. His chief of police (as impeached in the indictment) needs to go and we need to start working on healing this county!
Kristy Seas March 03, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Mr. Groome (read Leopold, Robey et al). One cannot engage in prolonged and systemic behavior that treats people as disposable and then be a dirty pig. If one wants to wallow like a swine, one should treat people like human beings so they would be more likely to forgive peccadillos. The rules are the rules. Whether u are a citizen, police chief or county exec!!!!! He has got to go!
Matt March 03, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I am glad everyone who comments on this has documented proof and personal interactions with this gov official. I am not a D or R. I do know most if not all politicians and people in general had issues and bad habits. I hope in the near future all persons holding power for the people use it for the people and as soon as their term is over go to Amsterdam and sex/smoke/whatever yourself to happiness.
Mary Johnson March 04, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Mr. Leopold should have the grace to step aside until this matter is resolved. He should care enough about the people of this county to realize that we will all be ridiculed for tolerating such unseemly behavior. With front-page stories in today's Capital and Baltimore Sun, how can he possibly conduct county business as usual?
Jim Davis March 04, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Agreed it is past time to hold the Elected Ones to a higher standard. However this needs to be done at the Ballot Box and must be done across the board. Both parties have their problem "children" and even worse. As long as we keep putting them back in office this crap is going to continue. Step one to recovery from this is to eliminate the Job Title of Professional Politician and place it in the same garbage can as Professional Prostitute. I believe the professions are the same.
Mr. P March 05, 2012 at 06:25 PM
It is a shame that our whole county police department (especially the dedicated rank and file officers, who are required to follow orders) will be subjected to criticism because of an obvious cover up by our County Executive Leopold's appointed Police Chief and some of his subordinates. The Chief should be held responsible for his Department's actions. President Harry Truman's famous statement, "The buck stops here!" should apply in this situation too!
Jamie March 05, 2012 at 09:02 PM
that's the same guy
Jamie March 05, 2012 at 09:05 PM
it is not a party thing....anyone who is doing this type of thing and abusing their public office should be investigated and brought to justice.

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