A Maryland state lawmaker was recently charged with trespassing and indecent exposure for allegedly baring her breast during a dispute with her ex-husband at his home. Delegate Ariana B. Kelly, a Montgomery County Democrat, was charged with trespass and indecent exposure in a confrontation with Barak Sanford after dropping off their two children.
Kelly, 38, divorced Sanford in November and came to his house to drop off the children. When she arrived, she reportedly found Sanford’s fiance in the home. Sanford told police that he asked Kelly to leave after she started ringing the doorbell and banging on the door. He also purportedly gave them a cellphone video of Kelly repeatedly ringing the doorbell, exposing her breasts and “with one breast in each hand [shaking] them up and down.”
The charges are misdemeanors and a trial date of Aug. 13 has been set. The misdemeanors could lead to a review of her status in the legislature. These are relatively minor charges, though the underlying alleged conduct is quite bizarre. A misdemeanor offense can still result in incarceration, though for a first offender such a sentence is relatively rare.
Here is her background from the state legislative site:
Member of House of Delegates since January 12, 2011. Member, Health and Government Operations Committee, 2011- (insurance subcommittee, 2011-; minority health disparities subcommittee, 2011-14; estates & trusts subcommittee, 2015-); Joint Committee on Federal Relations, 2015-. Member, Protocol Committee, 2015. Chair, Democratic Caucus, Montgomery County Delegation, 2014- (bi-county agency committee, 2011-14; chair, economic development committee, 2015-). Member, Women Legislators of Maryland, 2011- (secretary, 2015-).Co-Chair, Work Group on Access to Habilitative Services Benefits, 2012-13. Member, Midwives Work Group (DHMH), 2012; Commission on the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, 2013-; Task Force to Study Maternal Mental Health, 2015-.
Born in Bethesda, Maryland. Attended Ashburton Elementary School, Bethesda, Maryland; Tilden Intermediate School, Rockville, Maryland; Walter Johnson High School, Bethesda, Maryland; University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A. (history), 2002. Volunteer coordinator, Travelers Aid International, 1999-2000. Annual Fund Manager, Girls Inc., 2000-02. National Judicial Education Program Associate, National Organization for Women Legal Defense and Education Fund, 2002. Executive Producer, Persephone Productions, “To the Contrary”, airing on Public Broadcasting Service, 2004-05 (associate producer, 2002-04). Executive Director, NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland, 2005-08. National campaign director, MomsRising.org, 2009-. Board of Directors, Democratic Women’s PAC of Maryland, 2008-10. Member, Montgomery Women, 2009-; Women’s Democratic Club, 2010-; Fort Sumner Citizens Association, 2010-. Member, Tifereth Israel Congregation, Washington, DC. Two children.