West Virginia Republican Senator Arrested In Prostitution Scandal: Report
West Virginia state senator Sen. Mike Maroney (R) from the Northern Panhandle has been arrested and charged with soliciting sex from a woman after allegedly arranging at least two encounters with her in his hometown of Glen Dale.
Marshall County Magistrate Mark Kerwood on Wednesday arraigned Sen. Michael J. Maroney, 51, on charges of conspiracy, house of ill fame and assignation and prostitution. He is one of several men to be charged in a prostitution probe in the Marshall County city over the past two months.
Authorities said Sen. Maroney sent text messages to accused prostitute Cortnie Ann Clark, 30, on multiple occasions from mid-May until mid-June and arranged meetings. Police arrested Clark on June 14 and charged her with operating a house of ill fame/assignation and prostitution. They seized her phone and found 4,000 text messages from various phone numbers allegedly soliciting sex, including Maroney’s, according to court documents.
According to The Intelligencer, Investigators attempted to search Maroney’s home in Glen Dale on July 29, but he was out of town on vacation. A subsequent search warrant filed in Pennsylvania allowed authorities to search his vehicle Aug. 3 while it was parked at Pittsburgh International Airport and retrieve his cell phone, which he had accidentally left behind.
Investigators were able to use information on Clark’s phone that showed she was in contact with Maroney, court documents revealed. Vogel said he filed the charges Tuesday at the direction of Marshall County Prosecutor Rhonda Wade.
According to Glen Dale police, the first contact between Maroney and Clark happened May 14 or 15, and quickly moved into the two discussing rates for Clark’s services. Maroney allegedly called Clark, and she later texted him back, beginning a dialogue.
“Is tonight OK?” Maroney allegedly texted Clark.
“Yeah, it’s 120 (a half-hour), 190” for an hour, Clark allegedly replied of her rates.
That conversation continued into the early morning hours of May 16, at which time Clark allegedly asked Maroney to text her a photograph of himself. He initially declined, and Clark allegedly told him she could not meet with him without a photo.
According to the complaint, Maroney told her, “OK, sorry, I could be a regular. … I drive by (Glen Dale) on my way home and would like to have an occasional stop.”
At the close of that conversation, shortly after 1 a.m. May 16, Maroney sent her a picture, police said. In the photo, police said he was looking directly into the camera, smiling and wearing a light blue polo shirt. After he sent the photo, he allegedly texted Clark, “Now can I stop by?”
On June 5, according to the complaint, Maroney texted Clark shortly before midnight and asked, “Can I stop by for a massage? Quick in and out.”
The two also discussed engaging in sex in a car, with Clark allegedly telling Maroney she could do a “car date” for $120. He drove to her Glen Haven Avenue house in Glen Dale. About 30 minutes after he arrived, the two texted again discussing his vehicle’s alarm going off during the visit, police said.
After the alleged encounter, Maroney texted Clark that he was “very nervous about being in a car.” They also discussed meeting again the following day. A search warrant indicates they planned to meet at Clark’s rental house late on June 6.