Judge said he did not find Chacon-Bonilla to be a sexual "predator," as prosecutors had argued. He also said he thought it was unlikely that Chacon-Bonilla would repeat his offense.
"Her culpability is obvious," Nitkin said. "It's hard for me, as a woman, to say that an 11-year-old child is culpable. . . . But it did take two to tango in this circumstance, and [Thompson] had the guts to say it."
Katherine Shaver; Craig . "Officials, Activists Deplore Remark by Montgomery Judge; 'Takes Two to Tango' Called Ill-Advised." The Washington Post. Washington Post Newsweek Interactive Co. 2000. HighBeam Research. 3 Aug. 2009 <http://www.highbeam.com>.
Fraud Charges Dropped
Fraud Charges were dropped
Clement Azagba and Deborah Haigler had been accused of participating in a scheme to steal $14,000 in cash and food stamps from the Palmer Park office, said Roland Patterson, assistant state's attorney.
"In continuing to review this case, it has become clear that it is not what it appeared to be," Patterson said.
The shame of being falsely accused caused Azagba, 35, of Greenbelt, to resign from his job as a salaried caseworker, and he still is looking for work, said his attorney, Rebecca Nitkin.
Haigler, a contractual clerical worker who formerly was on welfare, was fired from her job, officials said.
The Player's Lawyer
Gun charges were dropped.
A handgun charge against Los Angeles Clippers forward Chris Wilcox was dismissed Tuesday. The former Maryland star was arrested in June after police found a gun in his car during a traffic stop.
The discovery probably would not have been admissible in court because Wilcox should have been allowed to leave the scene before the arrival of a canine unit that found the weapon, Howard County State's Attorney Tim McCrone said.
The player's lawyer, Rebecca Nitkin, said Tuesday the gun was registered in North Carolina and Wilcox had begun carrying it because he was robbed at gunpoint a few years ago.
"Clippers' Wilcox Has Charge Dismissed." AP Online. 2005. HighBeam Research. 3 Aug. 2009 <http://www.highbeam.com>.
A longtime Montgomery County firefighter faces a preliminary court hearing next week on charges that he solicited sex from a woman he thought was a 16-year-old whom he'd met online, according to police allegations filed in Montgomery County District Court.
Lt. Wayne A. Mothershead, a firefighter for more than 20 years, has been placed on administrative leave with pay, a county fire services spokesman said Thursday.
On July 17, according to Montgomery police, Mothershead used his county e-mail address to initiate contact with someone who had posted on Craigslist, unwittingly beginning back-and-forth contact with two undercover officers, police said. One of them referred Mothershead to a MySpace page, "which reflected that the female was 16 years old," and wrote to Mothershead that "if your [sic] okay with my age hit me back."
Mothershead's attorney, Rebecca Nitkin, said she believes there is insufficient evidence to prove the charges. She said Mothershead has "saved countless lives" in 22 years of public service. "He can hold his head high as he has nothing to be ashamed of," Nitkin said.
According to police, a female officer called the number supplied by Mothershead, who indicated that he wanted to meet immediately. "He indicated that he would pay $150 for services," another officer, D.J. Fitzgerald, wrote in a charging document.
On the morning of July 20, Mothershead pulled into the Holbrook Shopping Center in Gaithersburg for what he thought would be an encounter, but instead he was arrested, according to Fitzgerald's statement.
Rape and Assault
Guilty of second degree assault
Found not guilty of rape and all other charges except second degree assault. The second degree assault will be appealed.