Probation agent charged with bribery

Police say man solicited $1,000 to ignore violation

March 23, 2002|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A 46-year-old state probation agent was arrested yesterday and charged with bribery after police say he tried to solicit a $1,000 bribe for not reporting a probation violation, authorities said.

The agent, Charles Elliott of the 7700 block of Montgomery News Court in Severn, was processed at the Central Booking and Intake Center last night, officials said. If convicted of bribery, the state Division of Parole and Probation agent could be sentenced to up to 12 years in prison.

A convict's relative approached authorities last month to tell them that Elliott had solicited a bribe in exchange for not filing a violation-of-probation report in the convict's case, prosecutors said.

Police and investigators in the city prosecutor's office recorded several phone conversations between Elliott and the family member, said Elizabeth A. Ritter, an assistant state's attorney.

In those phone calls, Elliott and the family member talked about the $1,000 bribe, officials said. The convict was a client of Elliott's from a previous drug case, Ritter said. The convict was arrested a year ago on drug charges and convicted in October, but Elliott did not file a violation report until this month, officials said.

After submitting the report, Elliott told the family member that he would try to limit the violation's damage, police said.

"Let me see what I can do, because...uh, I know the judge," Elliott told the family member, police said.

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