OCEAN CITY — Cecil County State’s Attorney Edward D.E. “Ellis” Rollins III was arrested in Ocean City this past week while visiting the resort town for a Maryland prosecutors conference.
Lindsay Richard, spokeswoman for the Ocean City Police Department, said police were called to the beachfront Clarion Hotel at approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a “nude male on a balcony.”
Officers located the room in question and took Rollins, 60, into custody on suspicion of indecent exposure and disorderly conduct, Richard said.
However, police consulted with Worcester County State’s Attorney Beau Oglesby, who “advised to release Rollins without charges pending further investigation,” Richards said, declining to release any other information.
On Sunday, Rollins’ wife, Holly Rollins, issued a statement to the Cecil Whig on behalf of her husband, who declined to comment because he is the subject of the investigation.
Holly Rollins did so to address “inaccuracies” in media accounts, she said. The statement indicates that someone at an adjacent hotel spied upon them through the window of their guest room at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel at 10100 Coastal Highway during a 24-hour period, from Tuesday through Wednesday.
“While my husband and I were vacationing in Ocean City last week, a stranger watched and photographed us through the window of our 10th floor hotel room. The person who took these actions was in a separate hotel some distance from ours. During the next 24 hours, while completely within the confines of our room, our intimate movements and activities were documented and shared publicly,” Holly Rollins’ statement reads.
The statement concludes, “At this time we are fully cooperating with law enforcement officials.”
The arrest comes as Rollins was considered a front runner to fill a vacant Cecil County Circuit Court judgeship – a position previously held by both his late grandfather, Edward Dorsey Ellis Rollins Sr., who presided from 1957 to 1969, and his late father, E.D.E. Rollins Jr., who served on the bench from 1984 to 2002.
Earlier this month, Rollins was named one of three contenders for that judgeship. Rollins and the other two applicants made the “short list” after undergoing a nomination process in which all four applicants were interviewed by various bar associations.
Those associations later issued ratings, such as “qualified,” “not qualified at this time” and “not qualified” and submitted their conclusions to the District 2 Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission.
The District 2 Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission, which includes several other Cecil County lawyers and officials, interviewed all four applicants and then nominated Rollins and two other candidates.
The commission sent that “short list” to Gov. Larry Hogan, who is scheduled to interview Rollins and the other two candidates next month. The governor would then appoint one of those candidates to the vacant circuit court judgeship.
For 30 years, Rollins ran a private Elkton-based practice that covered nearly every manner of the law from criminal to family, estate to business. Then in 2010, he was elected to his first four-year term as Cecil County State’s Attorney. Rollins was re-elected in 2014.
Cecil Whig reporter Carl Hamilton contributed to this story.