Maryland State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt on March 2 secured an indictment against Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold that charges him with using his taxpayer-funded police detail to help secure his re-election, run personal errands, keep his affair with a county employee private and drive him to frequent sexual rendezvous. Leopold, a Republican, was charged with four counts of misconduct in office and one count of fraudulent misappropriation of county funds, charges that come after a yearlong investigation by the state prosecutor. If convicted of all misdemeanor charges, the 69-year-old Pasadena resident could face at least one year in jail. "Public officials criminally abuse their public trust when they treat public resources as their personal property and public personnel as their personal servants," Davitt said in a statement. "These abuses will not be tolerated."
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