West Virginia state senator charged with prostitution

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia state Sen. Mike Maroney has been charged with soliciting a prostitute.

The Republican lawmaker turned himself in and was arraigned Wednesday morning, a Marshall County courtroom clerk stated. He has pleaded not responsible and paid a $4,500 bond.

Maroney exchanged textual content messages to debate costs and arrange conferences with a girl who has acknowledged being a prostitute, in keeping with a felony criticism. He additionally despatched her an image of himself smiling together with a message studying “now can I cease by” after she stated she would not meet with no picture of him.

Police have been investigating the lady, Cortnie Clark, and say two individuals have already pleaded responsible to soliciting her for intercourse. She has been criminally charged and has advised police she grew to become a prostitute so she might purchase heroin, in keeping with the criticism. Her lawyer did not instantly return a message left at his workplace.

Authorities discovered used condoms, uncapped hypodermic needles and “an unimaginable quantity” of human feces and urine all through Clark’s home. Earlier than one among their conferences, she advised Maroney her home was messy and he replied he did not care a couple of mess, the criticism stated.

Maroney, 51, didn’t return a voicemail left on his cellphone. His lawyer, Paul Harris, did not instantly return a message left at his workplace.

West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael issued a press release saying the allegations are “deeply disturbing” and that additional statements could be launched because the case continues.

Belinda Biafore, the chairwoman of the state Democratic get together, is looking for Maroney to be faraway from the Senate.

Maroney is the chairman of the Senate committee on well being and human assets.

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