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March 21 2019: Chesapeake Beach Councilman Charged with Illegal Wiretapping

Chesapeake Beach Councilman Charged with Illegal Wiretapping

 State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt announced today that Stewart Cumbo, a former Maryland State police officer and current member of the City Council for the Town of Chesapeake Beach, was charged in the Circuit Court for Calvert County with illegal wiretapping. The Criminal Information alleges that between July and November of 2018, Cumbo made approximately two hundred and seventy five (275) unlawful recordings without notifying the person he was speaking with that they were being recorded. The statute that Cumbo was charged with is a felony under Maryland’s wiretapping laws.

“We need to ensure people are respecting boundaries set by Maryland’s wiretapping laws; it is especially egregious that a former police officer would be unaware of the notice requirements under Maryland’s wiretapping laws” Davitt said.

This matter was referred to the Office of the State Prosecutor by the Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office. All individuals who are charged are presumed to be innocent.