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Delaware lawmaker slammed for racial, sexist slurs arrested for shoplifting

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Delaware lawmaker slammed for racial, sexist slurs arrested for shoplifting

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DOVER, Delaware (AP) — A Delaware lawmaker who came under fire last year for using a racial and sexist slur to refer to sex workers was arrested on Tuesday for shoplifting, just days after announcing that he resigned for health reasons.

Newark police say a warrant was issued Tuesday for the arrest of Rep. Gerald Brady on two counts of shoplifting, and Brady, 65, turned himself in hours later. He was released on his own recognizance.

House Democrats announced last Friday that Brady was stepping down effective Feb. 4, but they did not disclose that he was the subject of a criminal investigation.

Newark police said in a news release Tuesday that they received a report shortly after 5 p.m. on Jan. 12 of a shoplifting incident at an Acme grocery store. An employee told officers he saw a man enter the store and recognized him in a December 29 shoplifting that was not reported to police.

In the second incident, the employee was able to identify the suspect’s car and obtain the license plate number, then watched him push a shopping cart full of goods past the registers and out, police said. After being confronted by the employee, the man refused to pay for the merchandise, left the store and got into his car.

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