By Rachel Dove
CHARLESTON - A West Virginia State Police trooper who was implicated in the Mingo County political corruption scandal has resigned from his position.
Trooper Brandon Moore, who worked out of the Williamson Detachment, was named in a federal indictment as allegedly assisting former Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury in his attempts to have the husband of his former secretary/mistress thrown in jail on trumped-up charges.
Lt. Michael Baylous of the state police released the information concerning the resignation of the trooper, but said he was unable discuss exactly when Moore resigned or why, citing only personnel issues.
While working in Mingo County, Moore was named the “Troopers Association Trooper of the Year” in 2009. This was the same year he organized a drug roundup in Mingo County that netted more tha 60 arrests. He also completed 37 drug investigations during his tenure here.
Moore had been on paid administrative leave during an internal investigation that began in 2013 that centered on the allegations made against him in the federal indictment. Baylous said Moore remained on paid administrative leave when he resigned.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin told the media that Moore was granted immunity in the case involving Thornsbury. That means Moore will not face federal charges. The U.S. Attorney’s office said the investigation into alleged political corruption in Mingo County is still ongoing, and could produce additional arrests.
To date, four elected or appointed officials have entered guilty pleas to federal charges brought against them. Former Magistrate Dallas Toler has already begun serving his sentence, with Thornsbury, former county commissioner David Baisden and former prosecutor Michael Sparks scheduled to be sentenced in June.