Former Hogan aide cleared of kidnapping, gun charges

October 07, 1992|By Marina Sarris | Marina Sarris,Staff Writer

Baltimore prosecutors have dismissed kidnapping, handgun and sex offense charges against Kevin Lee Hall, a longtime friend and former campaign aide to Republican congressional candidate Larry Hogan Jr.

The victim, a 17-year-old Baltimore boy, recanted his allegations that Mr. Hall had kidnapped him in Southwest Baltimore and forced him to engage in sex acts at an Elkridge motel, said Baltimore State's Attorney Stuart O. Simms.

Investigators found inaccuracies in the teen's allegations, which he made a month ago, Mr. Simms said.

"The inaccuracy was of such a nature as to make the case unprosecutable. Based on that, we determined all proceedings [against Mr. Hall] should be terminated," he said.

The charges were dropped Monday in Baltimore District Court.

"There was good reason for dropping the charges. This business about a handgun and kidnapping was ridiculous," said Mr. Hall's attorney, William C. Brennan. "My client took and passed a lie detector."

Mr. Hall, 32, of Upper Marlboro, voluntarily left his position as a campaign field director for the Hogan campaign after his arrest Sept. 7.

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.

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