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Baltimore City Sheriff Charged With Bribery

March 15, 1988

TOWSON, Md. (AP) _ The Baltimore city sheriff, who is facing charges of election law violations, has been accused of trying to bribe the investigator handling the case by handing him $1,000 at a fast food restaurant.

Sheriff Shelton Stewart, 45, was indicted by a Baltimore County grand jury on charges of offering a bribe to a public officer and obstruction of justice, county State’s Attorney Sandra A. O’Connor said Monday.

Stewart surrendered to county police and was released on his own recognizance after a bail hearing before a District Court commissioner.

A spokesman for the sheriff’s office declined to comment.

Frank C. Meyer, an assistant state’s attorney and chief of the office’s investigations division, said Stewart could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison and fined $15,000 if convicted of the latest charges.

Meyer said the grand jury saw videotapes made by county police of meetings Thursday and Friday between the sheriff and James Cabezas, the chief investigator for the state prosecutor’s office.

Cabezas was investigating Stewart for alleged violations of state election laws in his 1986 campaign for sheriff. Meyer contends that Stewart was trying to influence the outcome of that case.

Stewart has been charged with perjury, conspiracy to violate state election laws and a violation of election law following an investigation into accusations that he failed to report a significant amount of campaign contributions.

Stewart has denied any campaign irregularities.