He said Leopold would enter the employee's car for the meeting. After at least one such meeting, he said, Leopold described receiving the best oral sex he'd ever had.

Earlier Tuesday, another police corporal testified that the executive protection detail was "getting quirky" under Leopold, and not the same as it had been under former County Executive Janet S. Owens.

Cpl. Joseph Pazulski said he wanted to leave the protection detail, but was concerned about telling Leopold because Leopold had told him of moves he had made to adversely affect county employees' careers.

Pazulski did not explain what was "quirky" about the detail, and prosecutors did not press him on the point.

It was Pazulski's second day on the stand. On Friday, he said that while on duty he had planted campaign signs at Leopold's direction. He said Leopold, who was recovering from back surgery, told him it was all right because he was with Pazulski.

On Friday, the veteran officer said he also had served on the police protection detail for Owens, the first Anne Arundel County executive to have a security detail. Pazulski said he never touched one of her signs, but when a supporter came for one, he would pop the trunk of the car in which they were stored.

Pazulski testified that Leopold grew dependent on his police drivers after suffering debilitating back pain. Leopold would ultimately have two surgeries in 2010 to address his spinal stenosis, which left him dependent on a urinary catheter.

Brown said Leopold directed him to empty his catheter bag, a chore he described as "humiliating." He was the second witness to testify that he drained the bags, after Leopold's scheduling secretary last week.

Tuesday concluded with testimony from Leopold aide Erik Robey on the executive's 2010 re-election campaign.

Robey, who is now Leopold's chief of staff, described a shoestring campaign effectively managed by the executive himself. Robey described handling checks and taking the cherry-red Leopold campaign signs to the candidate's house for distribution to volunteers.

Robey testified that he saw his role as helping Leopold get re-elected "in any way I could."

He is expected to return to the witness stand when the trial resumes Wednesday morning.

State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt, who is arguing the case himself, is expected to call more former members of the executive protection detail, which was disbanded last year.

In his opening statement last week, an attorney for Leopold, Bruce Marcus, said there are no rules, laws or regulations against the actions of which Leopold is accused.

He told Sweeney last week that the "tabloid-like" allegations might reflect Leopold's "poor judgment" and "lack of social grace," but they did not rise to the level of a crime.

Leopold was indicted last March on four counts of misconduct in office and one count of fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary.

If convicted of the fraud charge, Leopold could be sentenced to up to five years in prison. Judges have broad leeway on sentences for misconduct in office because the charge carries no specific penalty.

Leopold has remained in office while under indictment.

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