—– By: Ann Costantino —–
Maryland State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt will retire on August 1st.
In a letter addressed to Gov. Larry Hogan, dated January 16, 2019, Davitt said, “As State Prosecutor, I have attempted to pursue corruption and public official misconduct allegations vigorously, but always in a fair and non-partisan manner. I have been fortunate to have an impressive, albeit small, group of dedicated industrious lawyers, investigators and support staff and I am quite proud of the many successful investigations and prosecutions that our office has undertaken. There remains, of course, more work to be done prior to August, after which citizens of Maryland may rest assured that my successor will inherit an excellent and talented team.”
Davitt was appointed to the position by then-Gov. Martin O’Malley in 2010.
Davitt successfully prosecuted the four-part perjury case against former Baltimore County Public School superintendent, S. Dallas Dance, after he took the case over for then-deputy state prosecutor, Thomas “Mike” McDonough, who retired last year.
At the time of Dance’s sentencing, Davitt told the court that Dance engaged in a “continual course of blatant deceit and self-interest.”
Dance served four months of a six-month jail sentence for falsifying information on his financial disclosure statements which carried up to a 10-year prison sentence for each count. Dance omitted roughly $147,000 in income from his statements, money he earned moonlighting as a consultant for various organizations and other school systems, as he led Baltimore County Public Schools.
After Dance was sentenced, Davitt said, “… It’s not so much at this point a matter of punishing Dr. Dance, as much as it is sending that message to the community. Not just school officials, but all public officials. That when you’re in a position of trust and you abuse that trust, that it’s extremely harmful to the public. And it simply can’t be tolerated”.
This story will be updated.