The county State's Attorney's Office has dropped charges against an Aberdeen man accused of making false statements to a police officer while dressed in women's clothing.
Dwayne A. Norton, 22, had been charged on Jan. 30 with giving a Havre de Grace patrolman a false first and last name after the officer stopped him as he stood on a streetin the Concord Field area of the city at 4:18 a.m., court records say.
Norton told the officer his first name was "Dwight" and spelled his last name as "Mortan," records say. The police officer, John W. Williams, later learned Norton's real name and arrested him, police said.
Williams said in his report that he stopped Norton because the police department had received complaints of gunshots in the Concord Field area on the two previous nights.
During a court hearing Monday, Assistant State's Attorney Scott Lewis told District Judge John L. Dunnigan that the charge against Norton had been dropped.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland had criticized the arrest, calling it "petty harassment."
Norton has since been arrested by Aberdeen police and charged with prostitution, according to District Court records. He was being held at the county Detention Center on $250bond. A court hearing is set for March 6.
Officer George T. Hawkins "made contact" with Norton at Pulaski Highway and Market Street during an undercover investigation at 10 p.m. on Feb. 7, according to police reports.
The officer asked Norton, who was dressed as a woman at the time, if he knew where he "could have a little fun," the report says.
During the conversation, Norton allegedly offered to have oral sex "or anything else he wanted" with the officer for $20, police said.
If convicted of the prostitution charge, Norton faces a maximum of one year in prison and a $500 fine.
In a separate case,Norton is awaiting trial in District Court on a possession of drug paraphernalia charge, after Aberdeen police reported finding a wooden pipe in a pack he was wearing on Dec. 31, records say.
At the timeof the arrest, Norton identified himself as "Raia Thomas," court records say.
The case is scheduled for a hearing on March 30.