May 28, 2019: Chesapeake Beach Councilman Pleads Guilty to Illegal WIretapping
Chesapeake Beach Councilman Pleads Guilty to Illegal Wiretapping
State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt announced that Stewart Cumbo, a former Maryland State police officer and current member of the City Council for the Town of Chesapeake Beach, plead guilty today in the Circuit Court for Calvert County to illegal wiretapping. 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.
Cumbo entered an Alford plea to one count of illegal wiretap. The State and Cumbo reached a pre-indictment plea agreement in which Cumbo would receive a Probation Before Judgment (PBJ) and one hundred (100) hours of community service. The Honorable Thomas R. Simpson, Jr. sentenced Cumbo to a PBJ, with three years unsupervised probation and a $2500 dollar fine, in lieu of community service.
“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.
The Office of the State Prosecutor would like to thank the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in the investigation. This matter was referred to the Office of the State Prosecutor by the Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office.