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By Jay Apperson and JoAnna Daemmrich and Jay Apperson and JoAnna Daemmrich,Sun Staff Writers Sun staff writer Harold Jackson contributed to this article | September 8, 1994
In a verdict that resolved the remaining criminal charges against her, a judge found former Baltimore Comptroller Jacqueline F. McLean guilty of official misconduct yesterday for failing to disqualify herself from a proposed million-dollar city real estate deal.Judge Donald J. Gilmore's ruling came almost a year after McLean voted for a city lease of the former headquarters of the travel agency she owned with her husband. The deal, later revoked by top city officials, led to a criminal investigation and the comptroller's downfall in a corruption scandal.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2013
An appeals court has chosen January to hear the challenge by former Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold to his convictions for criminal misconduct in office. The 70-year-old Pasadena Republican was found guilty in January of having public employees do his political and personal tasks, including draining a urinary catheter bag he used after back surgery in 2010, and he resigned from office. His sentence included a month in jail, a month of home detention and 400 hours of community service.
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By Erin Texeira and Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF | November 9, 1999
In a decision described as a blow to Baltimore's Latino community, a jury cleared a former police officer of felony robbery charges yesterday for taking money from an immigrant -- but convicted the officer on lesser charges of misdemeanor theft and misconduct in office."
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2013
A Baltimore police sergeant found guilty of malfeasance for using false information to obtain a search and seizure warrant was sentenced Monday to three years of supervised probation, according to the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office. Sgt. Dennis W. Workley, who joined the force in 1996, also received a suspended one-year prison sentence from Circuit Court Judge John Addison Howard for the malfeasance charge, which he was convicted of in March. Workley was also convicted of perjury, for which he received probation before judgment Monday, the state's attorney's office said.
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January 9, 1997
Because of an editing error, an article and headline in yesterday's edition of The Sun incorrectly characterized the plea accepted by William R. Goodman, the Baltimore County police officer charged with battery, misconduct in office and a racial crime. Goodman accepted an Alford plea on the charge of battery, meaning that he acknowledged that he could have been found guilty, based on the state's evidence. The plea did not involve the charges of making racial slurs or misconduct in office, both of which were dropped by the state and specifically The Sun regrets the errors.
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By JUSTIN FENTON | July 29, 2006
A Maryland Park Police lieutenant who used court-ordered community service workers and a bulldozer from Susquehanna State Park to work on his private property pleaded guilty in Harford County Circuit Court yesterday to misconduct in office and unauthorized removal of property. Gary Lee Haslam, 46, of White Marsh, damaged the bulldozer while operating it on his personal property on Rocks Chrome Hill Road in Jarrettsville and charged the $2,210 in repairs to the state. Haslam will be sentenced by Harford County Judge William O. Carr in September.
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By JUSTIN FENTON and JUSTIN FENTON,SUN REPORTER | June 11, 2006
Three county correctional officers who were being investigated for possible misconduct at the Harford County Detention Center recently resigned and will not be criminally charged, authorities said. The officers - two men and a woman - were accused of "infractions of agency policy and procedures" and resigned shortly after an investigation began last month, said Robert B. Thomas, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office. "The warden concurred with the sheriff that an investigation was warranted in each of the three incidents and, as a result of the internal investigation, the employees at their own volition opted to resign their positions," Thomas said.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | October 2, 2004
A Baltimore police officer accused of not turning over $500 he confiscated while working undercover pleaded guilty yesterday to misconduct in office and was placed on three years' supervised probation, prosecutors said. As part of his probation, Officer Myron A. Thornes, 32, is required to resign from the Police Department, prosecutors said. Thornes, who joined the force in 1996 and worked in the organized crime division, also received a six-month suspended sentence. The theft charge against Thornes was dropped in exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors said.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 3, 2005
A city police officer accused of abducting and sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman last year was acquitted yesterday of the most serious charges against him but convicted of one count of perverted practice. Officer Keith A. Jennings, 38, was charged with a first-degree sex offense, kidnapping, false imprisonment and misconduct in office. The conviction on perverted practice carries a possible prison term of 10 years. Jennings is scheduled to be sentenced by Circuit Judge Paul E. Alpert this month.
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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | April 29, 2000
A Baltimore police officer convicted last month of misconduct in office sobbed and proclaimed his innocence yesterday in Circuit Court before a judge gave him a suspended jail term. Christopher M. Bielecki told Judge Marcella A. Holland that he did not beat and kick a 20-year-old Northeast Baltimore man in October. He said Officer Christopher Newsom stomped on the man's back, leaving a bootprint bruise. "With God as my witness, I did not do [this]," Bielecki said. "I am not going to take responsibility for the injuries Donte Armwood incurred, because I did not do them."
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2013
Former Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold is doing his court-ordered community service hours at Anne Arundel County Food & Resource Bank in Crownsville, following his release from jail on convictions for misconduct in office. "He works in the front office for us," food bank Executive Director Bruce Michalec confirmed. He said he did not want to discuss specifics, but that Leopold completed a week of community service and is expected to be there 40 hours a week for his 400 hours of community service.
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By Gadi Dechter and Gadi Dechter,Sun Reporter | August 3, 2008
A former Baltimore police officer has been arrested on charges that he forcibly raped a 16-year-old girl last year while on the force, officials announced yesterday. Rohan Mays, 27, of the 800 block of Rose Haven Road near White Marsh was indicted Friday by a city grand jury on a charge of second-degree rape. The charge means no weapons are alleged to have been used in the crime. The rape is alleged to have occurred between June and July last year. Baltimore police spokesman Donny Moses confirmed yesterday that Mays was on the force during that time.
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By JUSTIN FENTON | July 29, 2006
A Maryland Park Police lieutenant who used court-ordered community service workers and a bulldozer from Susquehanna State Park to work on his private property pleaded guilty in Harford County Circuit Court yesterday to misconduct in office and unauthorized removal of property. Gary Lee Haslam, 46, of White Marsh, damaged the bulldozer while operating it on his personal property on Rocks Chrome Hill Road in Jarrettsville and charged the $2,210 in repairs to the state. Haslam will be sentenced by Harford County Judge William O. Carr in September.
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By JUSTIN FENTON and JUSTIN FENTON,SUN REPORTER | June 11, 2006
Three county correctional officers who were being investigated for possible misconduct at the Harford County Detention Center recently resigned and will not be criminally charged, authorities said. The officers - two men and a woman - were accused of "infractions of agency policy and procedures" and resigned shortly after an investigation began last month, said Robert B. Thomas, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office. "The warden concurred with the sheriff that an investigation was warranted in each of the three incidents and, as a result of the internal investigation, the employees at their own volition opted to resign their positions," Thomas said.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 3, 2005
A city police officer accused of abducting and sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman last year was acquitted yesterday of the most serious charges against him but convicted of one count of perverted practice. Officer Keith A. Jennings, 38, was charged with a first-degree sex offense, kidnapping, false imprisonment and misconduct in office. The conviction on perverted practice carries a possible prison term of 10 years. Jennings is scheduled to be sentenced by Circuit Judge Paul E. Alpert this month.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | October 2, 2004
A Baltimore police officer accused of not turning over $500 he confiscated while working undercover pleaded guilty yesterday to misconduct in office and was placed on three years' supervised probation, prosecutors said. As part of his probation, Officer Myron A. Thornes, 32, is required to resign from the Police Department, prosecutors said. Thornes, who joined the force in 1996 and worked in the organized crime division, also received a six-month suspended sentence. The theft charge against Thornes was dropped in exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors said.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | January 17, 1996
Maryland's highest court ruled yesterday that an Anne Arundel County teacher charged with leaving a blind and handicapped student in a storage closet for three hours and lying about it to police may not be charged with obstruction of justice.The decision by the Court of Appeals in the case of Susan Hope Pagano, 40, has prosecutors considering whether to recharge and try her on a lesser count of misconduct in office."We'll have to look at the opinion and discuss it," said William Roessler, deputy state's attorney.
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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | April 2, 2000
A Baltimore police officer convicted of misconduct in office said he feels the department wrongfully pursued charges against him and that he plans to resign in the next two weeks. Officer Christopher M. Bielecki, who has been suspended with pay, said his involvement in the beating late last year of a 20-year-old Northeast Baltimore man was slight compared with that of another officer at the scene. Bielecki said the other officer stomped on the man's back and ankles. That officer, Christopher Newsom, was promised that he would not be prosecuted if he told the truth about the incident, according to court records.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | March 29, 2003
A Baltimore police officer was indicted yesterday by a grand jury on charges of misconduct in office and attempting to hinder and obstruct an investigation into alleged drug dealing by her boyfriend and two others. The indictment stems from the actions of Officer Aleacia L. Hill, 25, on March 21 in the Southern District during a sting operation. Supervisors handed out fliers to Hill and other officers that said her boyfriend, Victor Clark, 33, and another man were wanted on drug charges, according to prosecutors.
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