Baltimore U.S. Senate candidate charged after false child sex trafficking claims

The Harford County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Baltimore, Maryland, man campaigning for Democrat Sen. Chris Van Hollen’s seat with making a false statement after he reported child sex trafficking taking place at an adult store.

On April 13, 54-year-old Ryan Dark White of Baltimore, who goes by the name Jon McGreevey, falsely informed officers about child sex trafficking taking place at The Mistress, an adult store in Edgewood, Maryland, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

Ryan Dark White of Baltimore, who is running for U.S. Senate in Md. under the name Jon McGreevey, was arrested Friday for making false statements to police, falsely accusing an Edgewater adult store of engaging in a child sex-trafficking ring.

White is one of 10 GOP primary candidates running to take U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen’s seat in the fall.

Immediately following White’s report, the Hartford County Child Advocacy Center opened an investigation, in which they conducted interviews, followed leads, gathered digital evidence, and identified the adult male and juvenile female mentioned in the initial complaint.

On July 7, detectives interviewed White and following their investigation, the sheriff’s office determined that White’s claims were false.

“At no time were any sex acts performed or offered by any of the individuals in the establishment as reported by White,” HCSO said in the news release.

On July 15, detectives arrested White and charged him with making false statements to a law enforcement officer and false statements of the commission of a crime and existence of a condition imminently dangerous to public health and safety.

He is currently being held at the Harford County Detention Center, pending an initial appearance before a District Court Commissioner.

“It is shameful that a candidate for public office would make up such a story and use it to further his own political agenda,” Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said in the news release.

“Fearmongering and antagonism caused wasted time and energy by our personnel, whose time would have been better served protecting the citizens of Harford County, instead of investigating lies,” Harford Sheriff Gahler said.

The Sheriff’s office said the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Child Advocacy Center at 410-879-2000.

WTOP’s Joshua Barlow contributed to this report.

Hugh Garbrick

In 2020, Hugh graduated from the University of Maryland’s journalism college. While studying, Hugh interned at the Queen Anne & Magnolia News, a local paper in Seattle, and reported for the school’s Capital News Service. Hugh has lived in Montgomery County his whole life.

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