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John Leopold, former county executive, released from jail

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Former Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold has been released from jail, The Capital Gazette reports. 

Leopold, who served 30 days for misconduct in office, will now serve 30 days on house arrest. 

The two-term Republican was convicted Jan. 29 of having his on-duty officer drive him to a bowling alley parking lot for a sexual tryst and using his security detail to remove the campaign signs of his competitors. 

The misconduct in office charge also covered Leopold demanding his officers and assistant change his catheter up to two to three times daily for nine months. The judge called this act "predatory and cruel."

The state prosecutor who brought the charges says the sentence of jail time, community service and a $100,000 fine was appropriate. 

In court, Leopold said he took responsibility for what he called errors in judgment when he resigned days later. 

Read more: The Capital Gazette

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