U.S. SENATE RACE
Spousal Rape, Assault Case Against Dickerson Dropped
Saturday, August 12, 2006
David B. Dickerson, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate from Maryland arrested July 22 and charged with raping and assaulting his wife, was cleared yesterday when Baltimore County prosecutors dismissed all charges against him.
Attorneys for Dickerson, 43, and prosecutors representing his 19-year-old wife, Anna Dickerson, agreed to drop charges of second-degree rape, fourth-degree sex offense and misdemeanor second-degree assault during a preliminary hearing yesterday.
Baltimore Assistant State's Attorney Stephen Roscher, who handled the case, told the Associated Press that an investigation revealed "inconsistencies" in Anna Dickerson's statement to police.
Reached at his Towson campaign headquarters last night, Dickerson said he knew he would be cleared. "It was without a doubt from the first day," he said.
Anna Dickerson, who has a restraining order against her husband, had been staying in New York but was arrested Monday when she came to see her husband at his parents' home in Virginia, David Dickerson said. Because of the restraining order, police asked her to leave, but she refused.
"[Her arrest] was not necessarily a nice thing to see," David Dickerson said. "I don't know what to call it. Do you call it a Romeo and Juliet story?"
She has since been released from jail.
David Dickerson said he has not spoken to his wife since the charges were dropped. He met her during a business trip to her homeland of Latvia, and she was 16 at the time. He told her, "Call me when you're 18," his attorney, Craig Kadish, said at a news conference last month. The couple were married in June 2005 in Latvia and moved to Sparks, Md., to start a family.
Dickerson said he hopes to move beyond the scandal in the weeks before the Sept. 12 Democratic primary.
"What I was hoping is we could avoid all this tabloid and stick with the issues," Dickerson said.
He said his experience weathering this storm prepares him well for issues facing Congress, including terrorism.
"In light of what our nation is confronting right now, I was confronted with a crisis, and I couldn't think of a greater test as a Senate candidate," Dickerson said. "I kept cool."