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Cecil County state's attorney resigns after receiving probation in indecent-exposure case

Cecil County's top prosecutor resigned this week before being sentenced on charges stemming from a trip to Ocean City last June.

Edward D. Rollins, III, 61, the state's attorney for Cecil County, received 18 months of unsupervised probation on Tuesday, after a Worcester County jury found him guilty of indecent exposure and disorderly conduct in December, according to court records.

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Police officers were called about 4 p.m. on June 22 to the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel after receiving reports of a nude man on a balcony. Officers went to the room, which was Rollins,' and took him into custody. He was later charged with two counts of indecent exposure and disorderly conduct.

Rollins' attorney, Cullen Burke, who called Rollins "an excellent lawyer" and "pillar of his community, said the sentence was reasonable.

"I think Judge [Brian] Shockley imposed a fair sentence under the circumstances, giving due consideration to the fact that the jury deliberated for hours and was initially deadlocked," Burke said.

Rollins gave notice on Monday, and the resignation takes effect on Friday, said Steven L. Trostle, the deputy state's attorney. He declined to comment further.

It is unclear who will lead the office the rest of Rollins' term, which ends in 2018.

Rollins, of North East, was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1980 and has served as state's attorney since 2011.

Rollins could not be reached for comment Wednesday. Trostle said he was unavailable at the office.

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