The Gaithersburg man who has been the sole suspect in the disappearance of a Maryland woman in Aruba is facing new legal troubles closer to home. News4's Jackie Bensen reports from Annapolis.
Gary Giordano, who was held for four months in the presumed death of his traveling companion in Aruba, was charged with indecent exposure Friday in Annapolis after police said he was found naked with a woman in the back of a Cadillac Escalade.
According to a police report, uniformed bike patrol officers responded to a report of possible sexual activity inside of the vehicle at 5:46 p.m. Friday on the second level of a Gorman Street parking garage.
Police said they found a naked Giordano, of Gaithersburg, Md., and a woman from Tennessee in the cargo area of the vehicle lying down and partially covered by a blanket. Police said they were on a mattress in the vehicle.
Both Giordano and the woman told to put on their clothes before they were arrested and charged with indecent exposure.
A parking garage employee told police that he received two separate complaints by passers by about activity in the vehicle, and that upon investigating he saw the couple "cuddled together," according to the police report.
"While we recognize that Mr. Giordano enjoys an infamous reputation, the Annapolis arrest was simply a matter of effective police work in response to citizen complaints," Police Chief Michael Pristoop said. "Officers took quick and appropriate action under the circumstances. Indecent exposure and other offensive conduct are intolerable, and the Annapolis Police Department will enforce the law."
A court in Aruba denied a prosecution appeal in December seeking to put Giordano back in jail as a suspect in the disappearance of his travel companion. The three-judge panel ruled there was not enough evidence to continue holding Giordano in the presumed death of Robyn Gardner, defense attorney Chris Lejuez said.
Prosecutors had said they intended to seek his extradition if they won their appeal. Under the Aruban system, prosecutors would have to bring Giordano to trial if they hope to pursue a case against him.
“There is no more appeals,” Lejuez said in December. “If they want him behind bars now, they would have to start a court case against him ... They have to charge him and take his case to court and they have years to do that.”
The defense attorney said he expects the case will go no further.
“The truth is, as I showed the judges today, there is no evidence whatsoever against him, nothing, zero,” he said. “So, I don't think this case will go to court.”