Family Values: West Virginia GOP Senator Mike Maroney was arrested earlier today for his involvement in a prostitution ring.
Maroney, a “family values” conservative, was charged with soliciting a prostitute after turning himself in to the authorities earlier today.
WV Metro News reports:
West Virginia Sen. Mike Maroney was arrested and arraigned today on misdemeanor charges involving soliciting prostitution.
Maroney was arraigned this morning, according to the magistrate court in Marshall County. Maroney paid $4,500 bond.
A criminal complaint that was filed Tuesday in magistrate court in Marshall County, says someone used Maroney’s cell phone to solicit a prostitute this past May.
The Intelligencer reports:
State Sen. Mike Maroney was arraigned Wednesday in Marshall County Magistrate Court on charges of conspiracy, house of ill fame/assignation and prostitution over his alleged involvement in a Glen Dale-based prostitution ring.
Magistrate Mark Kerwood set Maroney’s bond at $4,500. Maroney was released on his own recognizance.
Glen Dale police on Tuesday filed an arrest warrant for Maroney, 51, a Republican from Glen Dale. The criminal complaint filed in conjunction with the arrest details text message conversations from May 14 through June 13 between who authorities allege is Maroney and Cortnie Ann Clark.
Raw Story reports:
According to a criminal complaint filed earlier this week, Maroney’s cell phone was used to solicit a prostitute in May.
The complaint claims that someone with Maroney’s phone exchanged text messages with a prostitute who offered services for $120 an hour.
In a text message conversation on May 16, the suspected prostitute demanded to see a photograph of Maroney before she would meet with him. Officers said that the photograph matched pictures of Maroney on file.
Maroney also allegedly took advantage of the woman’s services on June 19.
“It’s 120 or I can do a car date,” she wrote.
“No problem with 120,” Maroney allegedly wrote back. “I can be there in 10 min.”
On June 13, Maroney received a message from the woman saying, “Come f*ck me.”
Crooks and Liars are reporting that Maroney has resigned, but at the time of publication this fact could not be confirmed.
According to reports, the Republican lawmaker has previously made headlines for his anti-LGBT legislation.
Maroney, a medical doctor and a conservative Catholic, is currently the chairman of the Senate committee on health and human resources.
Bottom line: West Virginia GOP Senator Mike Maroney was arrested earlier today for his involvement in a prostitution ring.