A Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Maryland was detained on Friday after reportedly fabricating information about a child being trafficked at an adult bookstore. According to a press release from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Ryan Dark White, also known as Dr. Jon McGreevey, has been charged with making false statements to police after telling a law enforcement official in April that a man was pressuring a young girl between the ages of 10 and 12 to engage in sexual acts with male customers. White allegedly made the claim as an employee of the bookstore.
White’s claims became the subject of a detectives’ inquiry but the event was not reported by any store witnesses. However, the adult and child who were allegedly involved were identified and interviewed by officials. White was later questioned by police and it was determined his original statement was false.
Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler stated that “It is shameful that a candidate for public office would make up such a story and use it to further his own political agenda.” Gahler also referenced Republican Baltimore County sheriff candidate Andy Kuhl, who has made appearances with White saying, “It is even more appalling, that another individual, who is running for a law enforcement position, would embrace such an obviously false narrative in an effort to gain political traction — nothing more.”
Additionally, he explained, “I am beyond grateful this young girl is safe, but extremely disappointed someone would attempt to discredit and disparage the work of the dedicated men and women of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and Child Advocacy Center.” He also noted that “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.”
White is currently being detained at the Harford County Detention Center and is scheduled to appear before a district court commissioner.