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Senator Maroney’s Prostitution Trial Postponed to Next Year

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MOUNDSVILLE — The trial for Sen. Michael Maroney, who is accused soliciting sex from an alleged prostitute in Glen Dale last spring, has been postponed until next year.

Maroney was originally scheduled to go to trial Friday morning before Marshall County Magistrate Tom Wood, facing misdemeanor charges of conspiracy, house of ill fame/assignation and prostitution.

Wood set a new pre-trial hearing date for Feb. 28 during a hearing last week.

No trial date has been scheduled.

It was not immediately known why the trial was delayed. Maroney’s attorney, Paul Harris, could not be reached for comment Monday.

The first-term Republican senator has not resigned his seat, although it was not know if he planned to attend the next legislative session when lawmakers convene in Charleston beginning Jan. 8.

Maroney, 51, of Glen Dale, was arrested Aug. 28 and accused of sending numerous cell phone text messages to Cortnie Ann Clark to arrange sexual encounters on multiple occasions between May 14 and June 13.

Clark was arrested the following day and charged with operating a house of ill fame/assignation and prostitution.

She is facing charges in nearly a dozen cases, and several other men have also been charged, as well. Clark, 30, of Glen Dale is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing in Marshall County Magistrate Court on Jan. 29.

Maroney, who is free on $4,500 bond, waived his right to a pre-trial hearing Oct. 30 on the misdemeanor charges.

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