- The Washington Times - Friday, August 11, 2006

BALTIMORE — A U.S. Senate candidate accused of raping and assaulting his teenage wife was cleared yesterday when all charges against him were dismissed, his attorney and Baltimore County prosecutors said.

David Dickerson, 43, of Sparks, had been charged with second-degree rape, fourth-degree sex offense and misdemeanor second-degree assault. His 19-year-old wife, Anna Dickerson, told police that he slapped her and forced her to have sex.

An investigation revealed the accusations were unsubstantiated, attorneys on both sides said. The charges were dismissed during a preliminary hearing.

“The allegations against Dr. Dickerson were fabricated by his wife for her own motives,” said Craig Kadish, Mr. Dickerson’s attorney. “He’s had to deal with having his picture in the newspaper and on TV as some kind of oddball who locked his wife in the house and starved her and beat her and raped her, which of course is completely untrue.”

Assistant State’s Attorney Stephen Roscher, who handled the case, said an investigation revealed “inconsistencies” in Mrs. Dickerson’s statement to police.

“It would appear that this was a relationship that had its share of issues between the couple, but I was not confident that we could get anywhere close to proving anything of a criminal nature,” Mr. Roscher said.

Mr. Roscher added that he spoke to Mrs. Dickerson yesterday and that “she expressed relief that the matter has been resolved in this fashion.”

Mrs. Dickerson was arrested Monday in Virginia on a trespassing charge, which Mr. Kadish said involved an incident in which she showed up at her in-laws’ home and refused to leave. She has since been released from custody.

The couple married in Mrs. Dickerson’s native Latvia in 2005, and they have an infant daughter who is being raised by Mrs. Dickerson’s mother in Latvia.

Mr. Kadish said Mr. Dickerson would continue his Senate campaign but that his primary focus was getting his daughter back to the United States.

He is a long shot in a crowded field to succeed retiring Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes.

Former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume and Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin are considered the front-runners.

According to a recent poll commissioned by the Baltimore Sun, Mr. Dickerson was among several candidates supported by less than 1 percent of voters.

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