WEST VIRGINIA SEN. MIKE MARONEY ARRESTED AS PART OF PROSTITUTION RING
August 28, 2019
MARSHALL COUNTY, W.Va. — West Virginia Senator Maroney is facing a misdemeanor charge of prostitution after turning himself into Glen Dale police on Wednesday morning.
Police have been investigating Cortnie Clark, who was suspected of engaging in prostitution, setting up dates and times through text messages.
One number police found in Clark's phone was registered to Maroney.
Police served his cell phone provider with a search warrant.
According to the complaint, the first documented texts between Maroney and Clark happened on May 14, 2109.
In the exchange, Clark requested a photograph of the person soliciting her. The response was "I can't send pic, but I am normal and nice."
Clark said she would not meet him without a picture, to which the number replied, "OK, sorry, I could be a regular."
Later, the person sent another text message saying, "I want to meet, If I send pic, is it a go?' to which Clark replied, "yeah."
Two days later, Clark received a photograph from the number of a man looking directly into the lens, smiling and wearing a light blue shirt.
Patrolman Ezekiel Goddard compared this photo to Maroney's license picture and believed both to be Maroney.
Maroney and Clark exchanged messages again on June 5 and June 6. The last documented message between the two was on June 13.
Maroney was arraigned in Marshall County Magistrate Court on Wednesday morning.
He is out on $4,500 bond.
Maroney won his seat in 2016.
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