Indicted: Leopold Faces Multiple Criminal Charges Of Misconduct In Office

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)— A sex scandal rocks the office of the Anne Arundel County executive. And that’s not the only accusation John Leopold is facing after being indicted by the state prosecutor.

Meghan McCorkell went one-on-one with Leopold about the accusations.

Leopold is indicted on four counts of misconduct in office. He is accused of using his security detail for personal duties resulting in thousands of dollars in overtime.

County officers also told a grand jury they drove Leopold to parking lots so he could have sex with another county employee.

According to a five-count indictment, Leopold’s security was paid $10,000 in overtime during two hospital visits to run interference between his girlfriend and his mistress.

The state prosecutor says that was an abuse of public trust. The State Prosecutor’s Office is the same office that handled the robocall scandal and the indictment of former Baltimore City Mayor Sheila Dixon.

“The response to the salacious allegations will be handled in court,” Leopold told WJZ.

The indictment goes on claiming Leopold inappropriately used his police detail in his 2010 re-election campaign.

The county executive says there’s more to the story.

“Once the citizens hear both sides of the story, they will have a complete and full understanding of this case,” he said.

Leopold says he will fight the scandal, something he’s weathered before.

“There were allegations about me before the last election, and the people re-elected me handily,” Leopold said.

Those allegations came outside an Annapolis mall.

A 911 caller claimed to see someone engaging in a sex act in a vehicle. That vehicle turned out to be Leopold’s county car.

911 Caller: “I see some activity going on in a car and I don’t think it’s proper.”
911 Responder: “What kind of activity is it, sir?”
911 Caller: “It looks like sexual activity to me.”

Leopold was found in the car but was never charged. The county executive is confident he will weather this storm, too.

“I’m very confident when all the relevant facts are known, that we will prevail,” Leopold said.

Leopold tells WJZ he has no plans of stepping down from office.

“Absolutely, I’ve been an excellent steward of the county’s resources,” he said. “I ask my fellow citizens to be patient as all these charges are answered. I have decades of history, of valued public service . I’ve been an excellent steward of the county’s finances. I have confidence that the citizens understand that and they know that as I continue in office that their resources will be protected.”

He says his main focus now is the county budget.

“There’s no question about that,” he said. “I’ve been in this position for six years, returned over $60 million to taxpayers, cut spending. I’ve done an excellent job of handling the county’s resources. I have no qualms about continuing to do that on that behalf.”

Leopold did not confess to or deny any allegations when he spoke to Vic Carter after phoning in for comment on Friday afternoon.

“The state prosecutor has had his opportunity to present his side of the story,” Leopold said. “I look forward to my side of the story being heard. In the court of law, all sides have the opportunity to present evidence and arguments as opposed to the grand jury process, which can be manipulated and controlled solely by the state prosecutor. I would ask my fellow citizens to reserve judgment until then and that they be patient as the judicial process takes its course.There’s only one proper forum for these issues to be discussed–in the courts. I look forward to my side of the story being heard.”

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  • maggie

    I have to wonder if he will he get the same slap on the wrist as former Mayor Sheila Dixon and keep his pension.

    • GM

      It is discusting and Dixon should have been jailed and no pension.

  • Mike Brown

    This wouldn’t have anything to do with cutbacks in the police force? Sure sounds politically motivated to me.

  • Karla Brown

    What about JAIL time!

  • Perm

    Politically Motivated??? Either he did it or he didn’t. I would bet my bottom dollar that they have a real solid case against him this time though. Why are we surprised by indescretions by our elected officials? Afterall, they are only humans too right???? I don’t know the man and am sure the he has done a lot of good for some people but power is intoxicating… just ask Marion Barry, Bill Clinton, Rod Blagojevich, Mark Sanford and the list goes on.

  • marge

    I hope they don’t stop with him… Start at the top and work its way down../

    • Guest

      Start with OWEMalley and work down…….

      • Micael

        If I’m not mistaken, didn’t Owe’Malley use his police security detail for personal gain when he took his entire police detail from Baltimore with him to play in Ireland?

  • Robert Lens

    Why are republicans so sexually repressed?

    • Guest

      That is such a rude statement. Think about all the Democratic politicians that have been caught “With their pants down” so to speak.

      • Richard P.

        Another dirty republican rat out of office. Yes!!!!

  • Conan

    The amazing part is, he was getting sex.

  • cm

    Only because he is a Republican, why don’t they investigate the MOM allegations a few years back, it was quickly pushed under the rugh, strange!!!!

  • The Truth

    You can’t believe the extent of corruption this man has committed. As County employees, we are forbidden (explicity or not) to discuss abuses in the local government. What you read in this article is simply the tip of the iceberg. The private favors we are directed to complete , using County taxpayer money, would floor you. If we refuse, we’re fired. We’re told to “just do it” by our supervisors. No questions asked – doesn’t matter if its illegal or immoral. We don’t agree with his actions, but we have families to support as well. Many of us have so many years in that we would be ruining our retirements should we be fired. There’s simply no system in place to bring these actions to light.

    Please don’t say this is a ploy for raises etc. Yes, there are “typical government workers”, but I can tell you the vast majority of us are committed employees who are willing to put in the extra mile, work nights, weekends, holidays, vacations – even our furlough days – to make sure the county keeps going. We chose public service for a reason.

  • right

    More and more we see that the police will do anything and ignore certain actions for a buck

  • james

    he was just trying to help obama get some contribution money 323 days 13 hrs go to hell obama

  • Mom

    He’s a county exec, not the President- why does he even need a “security detail” and a taxpayer’s car & driver to chauffeur him around? If I have to live in AA Co. w/o extra police security, shouldn’t he???

    Let these local yokels drive themselves around in their own cars, I am sick & tired of paying for security & limos for silly little fish who do not need it. Unless he was at the mall on “official business” (OK, we know why he was there LOL) he should not have been in a county vehicle in the first place.

    Cut the fat, politicians have way too many luxury perks that the tax payers foot the bills for. If Maryland is so unsafe to live & drive in, then maybe they should do something about that and use the perks funds to pay for more police officers?

  • Laura Shenk

    Please explain the difference between a mistress and a girlfriend?

    • Mom

      Married persons have a mistress and single ones have a girlfriend. If she is being paid, then she is a prostitute. If either of them is on the taxpayers’ timeclock at the time, they should lose their job.

    • m.A.

      A mistress is a pro & much more expensive.

  • CUTM

    This is not the only John that needs to be indicted. When is someone from the State Procesouters office going to look at Sheriff John Anderson? He has some of the same mess going on in his office. He has been using his drivers the same way for years and he hires his mistresses to work in his office. His top commanders do also. He shakes people down to buy his fund raiser tickets and allocates funds to pay the salaries of people not qualified for the job. Do some investigations in that office. It is time to get all of those crooks out of office.

  • the truth

    well he may finally have gotten caught, can’t tell me all the allegations of the past were unfounded.

  • mofo

    Skinny ugly prick looks like the only sex he could get was the paying kind. Looks like he fell out of an ugly tree & hit every branch on the way down.

  • lee

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close those bad cases.
    There is evidence that employees from DoD, CIA and DOJ accepted bribes from Al Quida.
    How is it that 12 of the 9/11 terrorists could live for 2 weeks just 2 miles from NSA head quarters in Maryland.This after several of them had taken flight simulator lessons on Jumbo jet trainers and several of them where on State department terror watch lists.
    There is evidence that employees from DoD, CIA and DOJ accepted bribes from Al Quida.
    If DoJ and DoD employees where more concerned with doing their jobs than enriching themselves by stealing from suspects and taking bribes, then there might have been more a chance that 9/11 had never happened.

  • Stephen Link

    This is exactly how the Anne Arundel County Police Department gets revenge for not getting a pay raise.

  • RavenLude

    i certainly hope he doesnt get to keep a pension and i have faith that AA County isnt as pathetic as B-more City to let that thief sheila keep a $90k per year pension at the expense of a bankrupt, mismanaged city government

  • ballsohardclub

    This guy’s head is so bald, from a distance it looks like his neck is blowing bubble gum.

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