Del. Kelly faces charges of indecent exposure, trespass in apparent custody dispute

Del. Kelly faces charges of indecent exposure, trespass in apparent custody dispute

Photo above: Del. Ariana Kelly campaigning at Bethesda Metro in 2010. (Photo by MdFriendofHillary with Flickr Creative Commons License)

Del. Ariana Kelly of Bethesda was arrested June 27 in Bethesda on charges of indecent exposure and trespass and is scheduled to appear in district court in Rockville on Aug. 13.

“This arises from a personal family matter,” said attorney Luiz Simmons, a former delegate representing Kelly. “We’re aggressively disputing the allegation.”

“This is a de minimis incident involving Ariana and her former husband.”

The incident apparently took place at the home of Kelly’s ex-husband Barak Sanford on June 27 and involves a custody dispute involving the couple’s two children, a girl and a boy. The Post’s Bill Turque has more details from the charging document.

Simmons has advised Kelly not to talk to reporters, and she did not return a phone call or email.

Kelly, 38, has represented the Bethesda area since 2011 and was reelected last year in what is always a crowded Democratic primary for the three-member district.

–Len Lazarick       

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Len Lazarick

Len Lazarick was the founding editor and publisher of and is currently the president of its nonprofit corporation and chairman of its board He was formerly the State House bureau chief of the daily Baltimore Examiner from its start in April 2006 to its demise in February 2009. He was a copy editor on the national desk of the Washington Post for eight years before that, and has spent decades covering Maryland politics and government.


  1. Small Town Reporter

    How is this story a public policy matter?

  2. Dale McNamee

    **Sigh** Politicians behaving badly…

    • Edward Jones

      Again, and again, and again, and again……………..These corrupt behaviors hardly rate as “news” anymore:(