Officials Use Wrong Procedure, Must Drop Harassment Charges

February 17, 1991|By Staff report

Harassment charges against a Bel Air man have been dropped because county law enforcement officials did not follow proper procedures whenfiling the charges, Harford District Court records show.

Robert Robusto, 67, had been charged with three counts of harassment and one count of racial harassment by the Bel Air Police Department on Jan. 23.

County State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly filed papers on Feb. 8in district court dropping the charges against Robusto.

Cassilly could not be reached for comment.

State laws require defendants accused of harassment to be ordered to stop the alleged harassment before they are formally charged. If the defendant then continues the harassment, charges can then be filed.

Robusto was charged after he sent letters to the county's director of AIDS education, the publisherof the Impulse Shopper and the Sears Surplus store in Bel Air.

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