Former victim advocate for Anne Arundel prosecutors facing criminal charge

Annapolis man charged with lying to police about crash

September 28, 2012|By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun

A former crime victim advocate in the Anne Arundel County prosecutors' office for more than a decade has been charged with lying to police.

Daniel F. Weikert III, 39, a former victim-witness specialist in the State's Attorney's Office, was charged with lying to police about a Labor Day car accident, according to court documents.

Much of the job involves working alongside prosecutors with crime victims and the witnesses, who may be called on to testify if a case goes to trial.

Hired in July 2001, he has not worked in the office since Sept. 10, said Kristin Fleckenstein, spokeswoman for the prosecutors' office. Annapolis police swore out a statement of charges against him that morning.

His attorney said he recently resigned from his job and maintains his innocence.

Fleckenstein said prosecutors are bringing in an outside prosecutor to handle the case, and declined to comment further.

The case is scheduled to be heard Dec. 17 in Annapolis District Court.

"We are looking forward to an opportunity to present Mr. Weikert's view of what transpired to a judge or jury," said Peter S. O'Neill, Weikert's attorney.

Weikert told police investigating a single-car accident that "he had been kidnapped at gunpoint" and that the armed man had crashed his car, according to the charging documents. The wreck took place near Admiral Drive and Moreland Parkway, the documents allege.

Under questioning a day later, he recanted, saying he lied to police because he he had been drinking alcohol before crashing the car himself, according to the allegations.

The charge is a misdemeanor. A conviction is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.

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