College Pageant Queen Resigns Over Pot And Assault Charges

By McCarton Ackerman 03/04/14

Porsha Simone Harvey won the title of beauty queen, but failed to live up to expectations after being charged for pot possession and resisting arrest.

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A Maryland college campus is now without a pageant queen after she handed back her crown due to charges of marijuana possession and assault. Porsha Simone Harvey won the title of Miss University of Maryland Eastern Shore, but was dethroned due to her arrest for pot possession and assaulting a police offier. The UMES Office of Campus Life announced Harvey’s termination in a formal letter to her, claiming her behavior was “inconsistent with a UMES student and someone of your position.”

UMES police officer M. Barnes arrested Harvey on Feb. 15 after she reportedly “took her elbow and thrusted [sic] back at me, strike-landing against my chest” after he asked her to exit a crowded hallway during a Homecoming Week dance. Harvey, 21, was jailed and charged with disorderly conduct and failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order of a law enforcement officer. Three days later, she was charged with possession of marijuana after a bailiff found a bag of the drug in her pocket when she went in for a bail review. She now faces up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine for each charge.

The university has since denied dethroning Harvey for the charges and said she voluntarily resigned as pageant queen. “Ms. Harvey, reflecting on the past several days, felt her personal matters may detract from her ability to fully carry out her responsibilities,” said Anthony Jenkins, vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. "Moreover, she did not want to further harm the institution nor the reputation of the Miss UMES brand. We support and respect her decision.”