Faced with sex charges, candidate's aide resigns

September 10, 1992|By Marina Sarris | Marina Sarris,Staff Writer

An aide and longtime friend to Maryland congressional candidate Larry Hogan Jr. has resigned from Mr. Hogan's campaign after being charged with kidnapping a Baltimore teen-ager and forcing him to have sex.

Kevin Lee Hall, a Prince George's County Republican leader, voluntarily left his position as one of the campaign's field directors, campaign manager Ron Gunzburger said yesterday.

Mr. Gunzburger said the campaign was "stunned" by Mr. Hall's arrest. Mr. Hall has been living in the candidate's eight-bedroom home in Upper Marlboro since early summer, when Mr. Hall's contracting business went bankrupt, Mr. Gunzburger said.

Mr. Hogan is a Republican running in the redrawn 5th District, which includes parts of Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties and Southern Maryland. He will face Democratic Rep. Steny H. Hoyer in the November election.

Mr. Hall, 32, was arrested Monday and charged with kidnapping, a handgun violation and four counts of perverted sex practices, Baltimore police said. He was being held at the Baltimore Detention Center yesterday in lieu of $150,000 bail.

He is accused of forcing a 17-year-old boy into his Ford truck at gunpoint on Letitia Avenue in Southwest Baltimore early Monday, police said.

The victim said he was driven to an Econo Lodge in Elkridge and forced to engage in sex acts. The youth said his assailant then drove him back to Baltimore and gave him $50.

The youth reported the crime and gave police the license number and description of the truck. Officers arrested Mr. Hall at the Econo Lodge within hours Monday.

Mr. Hall's attorney, William C. Brennan, could not be reached yesterday.

Mr. Hogan was campaigning late yesterday and also could not be reached for comment. In a written statement, the candidate said he was "absolutely shocked to learn of the charges which have been brought against Kevin Hall. Kevin and his family have been friends of my father and me for more than a decade."

Mr. Hall previously worked for Mr. Hogan's father, a former GOP congressman. Mr. Hall also worked in the Reagan White House. In his statement, Mr. Hogan referred to Mr. Hall as a "respected county official" who was elected to the Prince George's County Republican Central Committee.

Mr. Gunzburger said he did not know whether Mr. Hall would continue to stay in Mr. Hogan's home. "We don't even know if he's getting out of jail soon. The issue has not been broached," he said.

He said Mr. Hogan had allowed Mr. Hall to move into an attic room in his house because he is used to helping "friends in need."

Although he was staying with Mr. Hogan, Mr. Hall used his grandmother's address in Upper Marlboro as his legal address, Mr. Gunzburger said.

Joyce L. Terhes, chairwoman of the Maryland Republican Party, said she does not think the publicity surrounding Mr. Hall's arrest will hurt Mr. Hogan's chances in November.

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