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Local State Legislators Ask MoCo Police to Investigate Supreme Court Nominee Sex Abuse Allegations

September 27, 2018

Two local Germantown House of Delegate representatives were among the 11 Maryland Delegates to pen a letter to Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger and Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy requesting that local police officials conduct an investigation into sexual abuse claims made by Christine Blasey Ford and others leveled against Supreme Court Justice Nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

   The letter was dated September 25 and signed by District 39 Delegates Kirill Reznik and A. Shane Robinson, as well as Kumar Barve (District 17), Al Carr (District 18), Bonnie Cullison (District 19), Ariana Kelly (District 16), Marc Korman (District 16), David Moon (District 20), Pam Queen (District 14), Ana Sol Gutierrez (District 18), and Jeff Waldstreicher (District 18). All of the signers are Democrats.

   On Wednesday night, Sept. 26, Kirill Reznik sent a Tweet explaining that he and his colleagues sent the letter to law enforcement agencies in which he tagged the co-signers of the letter. “My colleagues & I sent a letter to @mcpnews & State Attny requesting an investigation of allegations of sexual assault against Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

   The letter was also sent to attorneys Michael Avenatti and Debra Katz, who represent the women who claim they were victims of sexual assault.

   “We, the undersigned elected representatives of Montgomery County, Maryland residents, are writing to express our concern about the need for an investigation into recent high-profile allegations of sex assault in our county,” read the letter, which was first reported in Bethesda Beat.

    “The accusations leveled by Christine Blasey Ford and others against Brett Kavanaugh are years-old to be sure, but Maryland might have no statute of limitations shielding defendants from accountability for some of the alleged acts. The incidents in question are alleged to have occurred among residents of Montgomery County, and there are allegedly direct and corroborating witnesses who may be able to provide details on this case,” wrote the delegates.

   “In the present case, county officials may be with the jurisdiction to pursue such an inquiry and are uniquely positioned to investigate publicly announced allegations of sex assaults that may have occurred within our borders,” read the letter addressed to MCP Chief Manger and States Attorney John McCarthy.

   “We believe local law enforcement has the authority to investigate allegations of crimes without need for a formal complaint, and we further believe third parties have standing to bring such complaints. We hope you will choose to be proactive in ensuring proper investigation of the sex assault allegations in Montgomery County by Brett Kavanaugh.”

   On Monday, the day before the Delegates sent their request, Montgomery County Police issued a statement saying that they were not currently investigating any of the allegations.

   “At this time, the Montgomery County Police Department has not received a request by any alleged victim nor a victim’s attorney to initiate a police report or a criminal investigation regarding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh,” said the MCPD statement.

   “Typically, in a sexual assault case, the cooperation of the victim or witnesses is necessary.  As with any criminal investigation, a determination must be made as to the jurisdiction where the alleged offense occurred and the specific details of the event to establish a potential criminal charge,” said police.

   MCPD’s statement went on say that the police department was ready to investigate any claim of sexual assault that is alleged to have occurred within the County.

   The allegations, which are uncorroborated and date back 36 years, claim that Ford was attacked by Brett Kavanaugh while at a house party in Montgomery County while Kavanaugh was a student at Georgetown Prep in Bethesda. The accusations have delayed a vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee on the appointment of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States.

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