Cambridge Mayor resigns following revenge porn allegations

CAMBRIDGE, Md –  As of Monday, January 10th, Mayor Andrew Bradshaw of Cambridge has resigned.

Back in august, Bradshaw’s home and office were searched by investigators after a female victim came forward alleging an intimate relationship with the former mayor. The victim claims he allegedly posted revenge porn on social media under multiple accounts throughout the months of April and May of 2021.

Fast forward to now, Acting Mayor and Commission President Lajan Cephas tells 47ABC the resignation is a loss but the city of Cambridge is in a position to moved forward, and quickly. “This is the reality of where we are at the moment. He had to take action and that was the action he took. I believe he took a very noble action,” Cephas said. “We’re going to move forward. The city of Cambridge will move forward.”

Cambridge City Council tells 47ABC that per the city’s charter a special election will be held to fill the unexpired portion of Mr. Bradshaw’s term. The statement continued, “Additional information regarding the special election will be made public as soon as it becomes available.  In the meantime, all rights, powers, and duties of the office of Mayor shall continue to be assumed by the Commission President, Lajan Cephas, as provided by Section 3-21A of the Charter.

For now, we’re told the city has key players in place like the acting city manager and a unified city commission who’s ready to serve. Cephas also says she had the opportunity to work closely with the former mayor so she’s prepared to take on the new duties.  “I was already engaged with a lot of mayoral decisions, possibilities and ideas. So me engaging with him actually prepared me for this role in this moment,” Cephas said. “As far as I’m concerned it’s still the same responsibilities I was already carrying around because I never just focused on my ward. I was focused on the city as a whole.”

Bradshaw’s time in office was short, as the 6th of January marked his one year in office. Moving forward, once elected, the new mayor will take over the other 2 and a half years left of his term.

Former Mayor Bradshaw’s trial is set for April and if he is convicted he could face up to two years in prison per count.  This means that if he’s convicted on all 50 charges, Bradshaw could face up to 100 years in prison. This is still a developing story and of course we will continue to follow it and provide updates as we learn more.

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