State’s At­tor­ney ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of in­de­cent ex­po­sure

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JA­COB OWENS

jowens@ce­cil­whig.com

— Ce­cil County State’s At­tor­ney Ed­ward D.E. “El­lis” Rollins III was ar­rested in Ocean City this past week while vis­it­ing the re­sort town for a Mary­land pros­e­cu­tors con­fer­ence.

Lind­say Richard, spokes­woman for the Ocean City Po­lice Depart­ment, said po­lice were called to the beach­front Clar­ion Ho­tel at ap­prox­i­mately 4 p.m. Wed­nes­day for a re­port of a “nude male on a bal­cony.”

Of­fi­cers lo­cated the room in ques­tion and took Roll-

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ins, 60, into cus­tody on sus­pi­cion of in­de­cent ex­po­sure and dis­or­derly con­duct, Richard said.

How­ever, po­lice con­sulted with Worces­ter County State’s At­tor­ney Beau Oglesby, who “ad­vised to re­lease Rollins with­out charges pend­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” Richards said, de­clin­ing to re­lease any other in­for­ma­tion.

On Sun­day, Rollins’ wife, Holly Rollins, is­sued a state­ment to the Ce­cil Whig on be­half of her hus­band, who de­clined to com­ment be­cause he is the sub­ject of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Holly Rollins did so to ad­dress “in­ac­cu­ra­cies” in me­dia ac­counts, she said. The state­ment in­di­cates that some­one at an ad­ja­cent ho­tel spied upon them through the win­dow of their guest room at the Clar­ion Re­sort Fon­tainebleau Ho­tel at 10100 Coastal Highway dur­ing a 24-hour pe­riod, from Tues­day through Wed­nes­day.

“While my hus­band and I were va­ca­tion­ing in Ocean City last week, a stranger watched and pho­tographed us through the win­dow of our 10th floor ho­tel room. The per­son who took th­ese ac­tions was in a sep­a­rate ho­tel some dis­tance from ours. Dur­ing the next 24 hours, while com­pletely within the con­fines of our room, our in­ti­mate move­ments and ac­tiv­i­ties were doc­u­mented and shared pub­licly,” Holly Rollins’ state­ment reads.

The state­ment con­cludes, “At this time we are fully co­op­er­at­ing with law en­force­ment of­fi­cials.”

The ar­rest comes as Rollins was con­sid­ered a front run­ner to fill a va­cant Ce­cil County Cir­cuit Court judge­ship – a po­si­tion pre­vi­ously held by both his late grand­fa­ther, Ed­ward Dorsey El­lis Rollins Sr., who presided from 1957 to 1969, and his late fa­ther, E.D.E. Rollins Jr., who served on the bench from 1984 to 2002.

Ear­lier this month, Rollins was named one of three con­tenders for that judge­ship. Rollins and the other two ap­pli­cants made the

“short list” af­ter un­der­go­ing a nom­i­na­tion process in which all four ap­pli­cants were in­ter­viewed by var­i­ous bar as­so­ci­a­tions.

Those as­so­ci­a­tions later is­sued rat­ings, such as “qual­i­fied,” “not qual­i­fied at this time” and “not qual­i­fied” and sub­mit­ted their con­clu­sions to the District 2 Trial Courts Ju­di­cial Nom­i­nat­ing Com­mis­sion.

The District 2 Trial Courts Ju­di­cial Nom­i­nat­ing Com­mis­sion, which in­cludes sev­eral other Ce­cil County lawyers and of­fi­cials, in­ter­viewed all four ap­pli­cants and then nom­i­nated Rollins and two other can­di­dates.

The com­mis­sion sent that “short list” to Gov. Larry Ho­gan, who is sched­uled to in­ter­view Rollins and the other two can­di­dates next month. The gover­nor would then ap­point one of those can­di­dates to the va­cant cir­cuit court judge­ship.

For 30 years, Rollins ran a pri­vate Elkton-based prac­tice that covered nearly ev­ery man­ner of the law from crim­i­nal to fam­ily, es­tate to busi­ness. Then in 2010, he was elected to his first fouryear term as Ce­cil County State’s At­tor­ney. Rollins was re-elected in 2014.

Ce­cil Whig re­porter Carl Hamil­ton contributed to this story.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CARL HAMIL­TON

Erin MacFadyen, 32, of Bear, Del., holds a flower bou­quet given to her by her hus­band, Jimmy (not pic­tured) and their two sons, Con­nor, 8, and Cole, 3, af­ter she fin­ished Satur­day’s 5K — her first 5K since tak­ing up jog­ging in April.

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