Former Miss Maryland pleads guilty

November 21, 1996


Staff Writer

A former Miss Maryland was given probation before judgment in Washington County District Court Tuesday for possession of marijuana.

Robin Valeria Harmon, of 55 S. Potomac St., Apt. 401, pleaded guilty to the offense and was placed on one year probation by Judge Ralph France. She also was fined $175, court records said.

Harmon also was ordered to submit to drug treatment at the Washington County Health Department, court records said.

With probation before judgment, a defendant does not incur a criminal record, but the crime can be considered by the court as a prior offense if he or she is charged with another crime in the future.

The charges were reinstated in July after Harmon, 39, failed to complete an earlier drug treatment program that would have led to the dismissal of the marijuana charges she faced.


On June, 29, 1995, Washington County Narcotics Task Force agents raided an apartment at 121 E. Washington St. A search warrant had been obtained after an agent had earlier bought a piece of crack cocaine from the apartment, according to charging documents.

Officers found Harmon alone in the apartment. Also inside was a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to charging documents.

Instead of going to trial, Harmon's case was placed on the inactive docket under the condition she go into a treatment program.

She did not complete the treatment and the case was brought back up for trial, court records said. A trial date was set for July and she failed to appear, according to court documents.

A warrant was issued and she was picked up by police. She was released after posting a $500 bond.

Harmon was named Miss Maryland in 1981. She did not finish in the top 10 in the Miss America pageant.

The exposure the pageants gave her helped her to start a modeling and acting career in New York City.

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