Another Republican has been ensnared in a sex scandal, this time in West Virginia. State Senator Mike Maroney, who has served since 2016, has been charged with soliciting a prostitute as part of a wider prostitution sting, WV MetroNews reports that the GOP lawmaker was arrested and arraigned today. Six others have been arrested as well.
The misdemeanor charges came after a criminal complaint was filed in court yesterday which alleged that Maroney’s cell phone was used to secure the services of a prostitute back in May. The woman in question asked for the man using Maroney’s phone to send a photo.
“i cant send pic… but i am normal and nice,” he texted back.
“i cant meet w out pic sorry. Have a good night babe,” the woman replied
“ok sorry i could be a regular,” he said.
Eventually, she explained that she was afraid of being robbed.
“i want to meet… if i send pic is it a go?” he said.
He finally relented and sent her an image of himself “looking directly into the camera lens, smiling and wearing a light blue-in-color polo-like shirt, clearly displaying his identity.” Authorities compared it to Maroney’s driver’s license and believe that the photos are of the same person.
In other words, Maroney is going to have a tough time arguing that it was someone else using his phone to secure sexual services. The criminal complaint says the two of them went on to discuss/set up several meetups both in a car and a house.
The state Democratic Party issued a statement calling for Maroney to step down.
“Senator Mike Maroney believed that he was above the law and today he’s been charged with soliciting prostitution,” Belinda Biafore, Chairwoman of the West Virginia Democratic Party, said in a statement.
“We obviously take these allegations concerning Senator Maroney very seriously, as they are troubling and deeply disturbing,” said Republican Senate President Mitch Carmichael. “All members of the Senate are held to high standards of conduct. We have full confidence in our legal system and will be issuing further statements as the legal proceedings continue,” he went on.
According to Maroney’s attorney, the alleged prostitute, Cortnie Clark, previously denied that she knew the senator. Maroney himself also denied that there was any truth to the accusations earlier this month when the story first began to surface.
Clarke allegedly used cell communications and websites to sell her sexual services, which came at a price of $120 for a half-hour-long session and $190 for a full hour. She has admitted that she resorted to prostitution to pay for a heroin habit.
Republicans with their “family values” love to lecture Americans on sexuality and yet time and again it’s GOP politicians who get outed as having engaged in scandalous sexual behavior. Maroney should resign immediately and never pursue public office again