Judge Audrey Creighton, left, and Rickley Senning
Judge Audrey Creighton, left, and Rickley Senning (Courtesy of WRC-TV)

Another twist in contested Montgomery Co. judicial election

The strange story of a Montgomery County judge and her former client and boyfriend has taken another turn.

Prince George’s County prosecutors announced Thursday an indictment of Rickley Senning on charges that he kidnapped and assaulted Judge Audrey Creighton earlier this year.

Creighton has been on leave since the May incident. She has previously represented Senning when she was a public defender. Senning has lived in Creighton’s home: the judge at first said their relationship was platonic but later acknowledged they had been dating, according to The Washington Post.

Senning, 24, is being held on $500,000 bond and has his first hearing scheduled for July 18 in Montgomery County Circuit Court. The state’s attorney’s office in Prince George’s County is handling the case after prosecutors in Montgomery County recused themselves.

As if Creighton is not already dealing with enough, there is the matter of her seeking election to a full term on the bench. She is one of four sitting judges on the ballot in November, along with challenger Daniel Patrick Connell. The four candidates with the highest vote totals will win seats.

Connell told The Post earlier this month “there are some serious questions about Creighton’s character.” He also wrote an open letter to the three other sitting judges questioning their endorsement of their colleague. The letter also claims Senning, “who has no legal training,” provided the court in another case a typed, formal motion to quash a subpoena in an envelope with Creighton’s handwriting.

Creighton, 53, was elevated to the circuit court in April after four years on the district court bench. She worked as an assistant public defender in Montgomery County from 1990 to 2000.

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