Baltimore Mayor Indicted on Corruption Charges

3-year probe yields 12 state counts
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2009 1:55 PM CST

(Newser) – The mayor of Baltimore was indicted today on 12 charges related to alleged corruption and  influence peddling in her current job and during her tenure as city council president, the Sun reports. Sheila Dixon, the first woman to hold the job, faces charges of perjury, theft, fraudulent misappropriation, and misconduct but will not step down. A 3-year state investigation has already taken down two associates of Dixon's; her ex-boyfriend, a prominent developer, was indicted Wednesday.

"Time will prove that I have done nothing wrong, and I am confident that I will be found innocent of these charges," Dixon said in a statement, which she later read aloud at an afternoon press conference. "I will continue to put all of my energies into running the City of Baltimore during these perilous economic times."