Bruce Leshan reports. WUSA9
ROCKVILLE, Md (WUSA9) -- The convicted felon accused of kidnapping his judge girlfriend is back in the Montgomery County jail Monday evening, ordered held on a half million dollar bond.
But Judge Audrey Creighton's relationship with Rickley Senning, 24, is raising new questions about her -- just as she's up for re-election.
Judge Creighton's relationship with the convicted felon, a man half her age who had assaulted jail guards and punched handcuffed inmates -- burst into the open in May.
An armed and drunk Senning allegedly dragged the judge by the hair to her car, threatened to kill her, gunned the car as she drove, and grabbed her when she tried to escape. But when the judge finally got to police, she told them Senning was simply a tenant at her secluded home in Dickerson, not her lover.
"I believe it's a lie. I believe its a material representation," says Daniel Patrick Connell, who's challenging the sitting judges for a seat on Montgomery County Circuit Court..
It was not until the judge asked for a protective order the next day that she admitted their domestic relationship.
Senning had crashed her car and fled the hospital to Florida. Police have only now extradited him back to face charges.
"The defendant is charged with kidnapping, assault, motor vehicle theft, and related charges," said Prince George's State's Attorney spokesman John Erzen to a bevy or reporters and news photographers.
Prince George's prosecutors are handling the case. The Montgomery County State's Attorney's trying to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest.
Senning's lawyer declined to talk about his relationship with the judge. "I'm not going to have any comment on that," Joe Fay told reporters outside the courthouse.
Creighton is running for re-election a slate with three other sitting judges. Challenger Connell says Judge Creighton let convict Senning live with her in 2013, even though she knew her boyfriend was wanted on a drug charge. "He had actually absconded from a bench warrant. She was harboring him when he was running from a bench warrant at her house," said Connell.
Judge Creighton has been incommunicado for weeks. Her assistant is referring all media calls to a spokeswoman for the Maryland Judiciary. And the spokeswoman says Creighton requested leave, is on paid leave, and she doesn't know when she'll be back.