Charges dropped in Maryland candidate’s rape case

Charges have been dropped against a U.S. Senate candidate from Maryland accused of assaulting and raping his Latvia-born wife, while his wife has now been arrested for trespassing, the Baltimore Sun newspaper reported Aug. 11 on its Web site.

David B. Dickerson, 43, one of several Democratic candidates for the Senate, had been charged with second-degree rape, second-degree assault and a fourth-degree sex offense against his wife, Anna Dickerson. The charges were dropped by Baltimore County prosecutors because of a lack of evidence, the newspaper reported.

Meanwhlle, Anna Dickerson, 19, was arrested Aug. 7 in Henrico County, Va., after she refused to leave the property of her husband’s parents and turned violent, according to media reports. She is charged with trespassing, a misdemeanor, and is to appear in court on Sept. 7, according to court records.

Anna Dickerson reportedly claimed her husband held her against her will in their Sparks, Md., apartment, where he allegedly denied her food, beat her and repeatedly raped her. David Dickerson was charged July 22, but his attorney maintained the Senate candidate’s innocence. Attorney Craig Kadish told news media Dickerson’s wife has a history of mental illness.

In deciding to drop the charges against David Dickerson, Baltimore County prosecutors noted inconsistencies in Anna Dickerson’s statements, the Baltimore Sun reported.

The couple met while David Dickerson was working in Latvia, according to the candidate’s Web site. They have a 3-month-old child who is being cared for by Anna Dickerson’s mother in Latvia.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

5 thoughts on “Charges dropped in Maryland candidate’s rape case

  1. Sounds to me like the rich get out of everything. If these charges were against an average joe, they would still be in jail, But what do I know I wasnt there.

  2. If Anna has a history of mental illness why isn’t she being treated and looked after instead of being set up so she will commit misdemeanors and so potentially be dragged through the courts….?

  3. What’s wrong with this picture: a 43-year-old privileged American man marries a 19-year-old Latvian “woman” with a history of mental problems and their 3-month-old -child is in Latvia being raised by the mother-in-law. That’s not a question. Sounds to me like this whole sordid episode is a big mental problem.

  4. In the United States our legal system is based upon the accused are innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately men who are falsley accused of rape have their lives ruined in the process. What makes people automatically believe the supposed victim, you have to look at the evidence, and not emotions. There are many cases (I am in law enforcement and see this happen) of women who falsely accuse men of rape just to hurt them or because they are out for revenge. In the case of Mr. Dickerson, he is not rich at all. He is an out-of-work professor who lives in a small apartment outside of Baltimore. He is not privledged either. How would you like it if a girl accused your brother unjustly of rape, just because she was mad at him or because she happens to be mentally ill. Men have rights too.

  5. Sorry Ted, but I’m a sexual assault and domestic violence therapist in the U.S., and I’m also involved with the legal aspects of rape cases. Most women do not falsely accuse men of rape- this is an unfortunate common myth. No one would want to drag themselves through that process just for fun- especially since the court system is weighted so heavily against them. In the U.S., 1 in 4 women are raped by the age of 18. But rape is underreported and almost never prosecuted. We need to stop being such an all-or-none society. I think we could learn something from the peaceful Latvian way of life.

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