- The Washington Times - Friday, March 2, 2012

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold was indicted Friday on misconduct charges, stemming from allegations that he directed police officers to perform campaign duties on his behalf and drive him to parking lots where he engaged in sex acts with a county employee.

Mr. Leopold, a Republican, was indicted by an Anne Arundel County grand jury on four counts of misconduct in office and one count of fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary.

Prosecutors say that he “regularly misused” his executive protection squad by requiring officers to distribute campaign signs during his 2010 re-election campaign, keep tabs on political opponents and transport him to meetings with a sex partner.

The indictment also alleges that he required an officer to work more than $10,000 worth of overtime during two of Mr. Leopold’s hospital stays, in order to prevent the executive’s girlfriend from meeting his live-in partner.

“Public officials criminally abuse their public trust when they treat public resources as their personal property and public personnel as their personal servants,” said State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt. “These abuses will not be tolerated.”

Mr. Leopold, 69, took office in 2006. He previously served in the House of Delegates from 1983 to 1990 and from 1995 to 2006.

No trial date has been set.