Wife accuses U.S. Senate candidate of assault

July 25, 2006|By NICK SHIELDS AND JOSH MITCHELL | NICK SHIELDS AND JOSH MITCHELL,SUN REPORTERS

A Baltimore County man running for the U.S. Senate has been charged with raping his wife, a recent immigrant from Latvia.

David Brian Dickerson, 43, of Sparks is accused of assaulting her July 17 in their apartment, court records show. Dickerson, a candidate in the Democratic primary for the Senate, was arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree rape, a fourth-degree sex offense, and second-degree assault, according to Baltimore County police and court records.

Through his lawyer, Dickerson denied the allegations.

Dickerson's wife is mentally ill and is "creating an entire story of things that never happened," Craig Kadish, Dickerson's attorney, said yesterday.

"They are completely and utterly fabricated charges," Kadish said.

Dickerson has been released on $100,000 bail, police said.

According to court documents, the woman told police that she met Dickerson in Latvia when she was 16, and they decided to "wait to pursue each other" until she turned 18. She told police that she married him in Latvia in June 2005 and came back with him to the United States in November, after she had become pregnant with their child, court records show.

Dickerson's wife accused him of denying her food during her pregnancy, physically abusing her and not allowing her to contact her mother in Latvia, court documents state.

She told police that in April she sought help from a local "Latvian society," which paid for her to fly to Latvia. She gave birth to her baby girl there a month later. In July, the Latvian society flew her to New York, where she got a job at a department store, according to her statements in court papers. After less than two weeks, she moved back to the couple's apartment in Sparks.

Dickerson is accused of slapping the woman and having sex with her against her will after she had called 911 on July 17, court records show.

The woman was taken by medics to the emergency room at St. Joseph's Medical Center, where she was admitted to the psychiatric department, and was committed by a doctor, court records show.

She reported the alleged abuse four days later at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air.

"We have evidence that's going to absolutely, 100 percent clear Mr. Dickerson," Kadish said.

He said the couple's child is in Latvia and that Dickerson is trying to gain custody of her.

Dickerson, who is described on the Web site for his candidacy as a Maryland native who has studied and worked in business development overseas, is among the lesser-known candidates in a field of 18 seeking the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat now held by retiring Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes.

nicholas.shields@baltsun.com

josh.mitchell@baltsun.com

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