CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two police officers named in a federal indictment against a Mingo County judge are accused in federal court cases with other alleged misconduct.
West Virginia State Police Trooper Brandon Moore and Gilbert Police Officer Nathan Glanden are accused in separate federal lawsuits with beating criminal suspects, The Charleston Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/17Ykrj4).
Both are named in the indictment of Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury, who federal prosecutors claim tried to frame his romantic rival for drug possession, larceny and assault. Prosecutors claim the trooper and officer helped with the unsuccessful schemes, but neither was charged. Thornsbury has pleaded not guilty and remains free on bond facing an Oct. 15 trial.
Moore has been suspended pending an internal state police investigation. As of Friday, Glanden remained at work but neither he nor his boss, Gilbert Police Chief Michael Rasmussen, returned telephone calls seeking comment.
Attempts to find a working telephone number for Moore were unsuccessful.
The federal indictment accuses Thornsbury of having an affair with his secretary, Kim Woodruff, and then retaliating after she broke off the relationship by trying to have her husband, Robert, framed for various crimes between 2008 and 2012.
The indictment claims Glanden obtained an arrest warrant for Woodruff on assault and battery charges at the judge’s behest. Those charges later were dropped.
Moore is accused of filing a false criminal complaint against Woodruff, accusing him of stealing scrap metal from his employer. That charge also was dismissed.
He also is accused of providing false grand jury testimony about Woodruff in 2009.
A Raleigh County man sued Moore and the state police in March, claiming the trooper unnecessarily beat him in front of his children.
Andy Tiller claims in his lawsuit that Moore came to his home on Feb. 14, 2011, because Tiller’s motorcycle didn’t have proper registration. Tiller claims that while he was handcuffed, Moore threw him off his porch down several steps and “repeatedly struck” him. He also claims Moore illegally searched his home.
Attorneys for the State Police deny the allegations and say Tiller doesn’t have enough evidence to support the claims. The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Irene Berger.
In the lawsuit against Glanden, Bobby Lester and Jimmy West claim the officer and four others kicked in West’s door and severely beat the two men “for no reason and without provocation” after asking them earlier about a gun that was stolen from an officer who lived nearby. Glanden was sued, along with another Gilbert officer and three state police troopers.
“After the beating, the officers simply left. Neither Mr. West nor Mr. Lester were arrested or ever charged with a crime. Before leaving, one officer informed Mr. West that he should not mention the incident to anyone or his life would become ‘a living hell,’” according to the lawsuit.
West and Lester were treated at the hospital, according to the lawsuit.
Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com