137 miles away lies the resort town of Ocean City, Maryland, which used to be like Mayberry with an ocean but is now like Atlantic Las Vegas. It's a wild town in summer, and it was there that, last week, the Cecil County State's Attorney - prosecutor Edward Rollins III - was arrested after officers responded to a report of a nude man on a hotel balcony.
Rollins's opposite number, Worcester County State's Attorney Beau Oglesby, said, "After consultation with the Ocean City Police Department, two counts of indecent exposure and two counts of disorderly conduct have been filed. After carefully considering which course of action would be the most appropriate given the need to handle this matter with transparency balanced against the desire to shield the identities of the victims, filing a criminal information achieved both of those goals."
In other words, the guy who does my job in another county came down and got nekkid and now we have to do something about it or there'll be a big stink about it. Rollins was held and charged with disorderly conduct and indecent exposure. He'll be back in court for arraignment on July 20. Should there be a trial at which he is found guilty, indecent exposure is a misdemeanor with a possibility of three years in prison and/or a $1,000 fine, and disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor with a possibility of 60 days in prison and/or a $500 fine.
Rollins's wife issued a statement saying, "While my husband and I were vacationing in Ocean City last week, a stranger watched and photographed us through the window of our 10th floor hotel room. The person who took these actions was in a separate hotel some distance from ours. During the next 24 hours, while completely in the confines of our room, our intimate movements and activities were documented and shared publicly."
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I remember a guy in court on similar charges saying he was helping to move a dresser when he accidentally dropped his drawers. Stay tuned.