A former Baltimore city assistant state’s attorney has been indicted on charges that he abused his position as a prosecutor to stalk and harass ex-romantic partners, the Maryland Office of the State Prosecutor said Tuesday.
Adam L. Chaudry faces 88 counts, including stalking, extortion and misconduct in office, according to a news release and charging documents from the state prosecutor.
The indictment alleges that Chaudry repeatedly subpoenaed phone records for multiple people who were never the targets of any investigation by the State’s Attorney’s Office, including two former romantic partners he is also accused of stalking and harassing.
Chaudry also faces charges that he sent a letter threatening prosecution to a person who had borrowed money from a personal friend of Chaudry’s. The letter, according to the indictment, was addressed from Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and signed by Chaudry.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the State’s Attorney’s Office said Chaudry was “terminated … soon after we concluded an internal investigation of the state prosecutor’s allegations. His termination was effective on June 18.”
The office reviewed Chaudry’s cases and found no reason to question their legitimacy, said the spokesperson, Zy Richardson.
“We are unable to comment further about this open and pending matter,” Richardson said. She did not answer a specific question about whether the office was putting protocols in place to prevent the kinds of abuses alleged in Chaudry’s indictment.
In a statement issued Tuesday evening, Chaudry’s legal team said he maintains his innocence and disputed the characterization of his departure from the State’s Attorney’s Office as a termination.
“This case does not involve any allegation of physical injury nor is there any pecuniary gain,” Chaudry’s lawyers, Patrick Seidel and Steven D. Silverman, wrote in the statement. “This begs the question on the practicality and necessity of charging 88 separate counts — which seasoned practitioners view as throwing everything against the wall and hoping something sticks.”
The lawyers included a copy of Chaudry’s resignation letter, in which he personally thanked Mosby for believing in him.
“It is with a heavy heart that I tender this letter, but I truly believe that my departure at this stage is necessary to not provide a distraction from the admirable work done selflessly by every member of the team and to protect the integrity that the SAO projects …,” Chaudry wrote in the letter.
The indictment accused Chaudry of subpoenaing phone records dozens of times between 2019 and 2021 for people who were not the target of an investigation.
One of the women whose records were pulled was in a romantic relationship with Chaudry from 2005 through 2018, according to the indictment; another was involved with Chaudry from 2017 through 2020. Two other people whose phone records were subpoenaed were friends of the first woman, the indictment alleges, and none were ever under investigation by the State’s Attorney’s Office.
The indictment lists dozens of occasions on which Chaudry is accused of subpoenaing phone records for the victims. He is also accused of subpoenaing jail calls, visitor and phone logs for a relative of the second woman who was incarcerated in Anne Arundel County, and of using office letterhead to request a recording of a 911 call the woman made in February.
The indictment includes allegations that Chaudry stalked and harassed the two women with whom he’d had previous relationships. None of the victims are named in the indictment.
The first woman ended her relationship with Chaudry in January 2018 and asked to have no further contact with him, according to the indictment. He went on to subpoena her phone records 33 times and request her phone contacts 25 times from 2019 through 2021, the indictment alleges.
He also repeatedly sent flowers to her work and to her mother, even after the woman had asked him to stop, according to the charging document.
In March 2019, Chaudry asked an investigator with the State’s Attorney’s Office to do an “information work-up” of the woman and another victim, the indictment claims, and used his position to track down information about the woman’s hotel stays.
Chaudry also subpoenaed the phone records of a second woman while he was dating her, according to the indictment. Their relationship ended in September 2020.
The woman had asked Chaudry to stop “whatever he was doing” after he relayed information about her family that she believed he had obtained through official channels, the indictment claims.
Chaudry is also accused of extortion. He is alleged to have used official letterhead to threaten a sixth victim with prosecution if the man did not pay back $10,000 to a personal friend of Chaudry’s, who had texted Chaudry about money she believed she had loaned to the man, an ex-boyfriend.
Chaudry joined the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office in 2009, according to the indictment, and worked in the homicide division beginning in 2015.