A U.S. Senate candidate from Maryland has been charged with assaulting and raping his 19-year-old Latvia-born wife, according to Baltimore media outlets.
David Dickerson, one of several Democratic candidates for the Senate, was charged July 22 after his wife claimed she was raped, television stations WBAL and WJZ reported July 24.
Dickerson’s attorney, Craig Kadish, told the news outlets that the charges are false and that Dickerson’s wife has a history of mental illness.
The 43-year-old Dickerson met and married his wife in Latvia, where Dickerson taught college courses and served on the government’s Task Force on Lobbying Law Development, according to a press release posted on his Web site. Dickerson, whose campaign highlights family values, on June 2 entered the race for the Senate seat held by the retiring Paul Sarbanes.
According to charging documents obtained by the news outlets, Dickerson’s wife claimed she had been repeatedly abused, assaulted and raped by her husband in their home in Sparks, Md. She called police July 16 and was taken to a hospital.
The couple has a 2-month-old child who is being raised by the wife’s mother in Latvia, WBZ reported, citing the court documents.
Dickerson is charged with second-degree rape, second-degree assault and a fourth-degree sex offense. He was released on USD 100,000 bail.
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