CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two police officers mentioned by federal prosecutors in their indictment of Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury's are being sued in federal court for other alleged misconduct.
Thornsbury, 57, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to a federal indictment charging him with conspiring to violate the constitutional rights of his former secretary's husband, Robert Woodruff.
Prosecutors allege the judge put his business partner in charge of a Mingo grand jury as foreman in 2009, plotted to plant drugs on Woodruff and tried to get the man sent to jail.
In the indictment, prosecutors say the judge persuaded West Virginia State Police Trooper Brandon Moore and Gilbert Police Officer Nathan Glanden to help plot against Woodruff.
Moore -- who was named "Trooper of the Year" by the State Police in 2010 -- was suspended without pay after the Thornsbury indictment until an internal investigation is complete, State Police have said.
Glanden, who is now assistant chief with the Gilbert Police Department, was working Friday, according to a city dispatcher. Neither he nor Gilbert Police Chief Michael Rasmussen returned repeated telephone calls.
In March of this year, a Raleigh County man sued the State Police and Moore, claiming the trooper unnecessarily beat him in front of his children.
On Feb. 14, 2011, Moore came to Andy Tiller's house in Bolt because Tiller's motorcycle didn't have proper registration, according to Tiller's lawsuit.
While Tiller was handcuffed, Tiller claims, Moore threw the man off of his porch, down about eight steps and "repeatedly struck" him.
According to the lawsuit, Tiller wasn't under the influence of alcohol or drugs and wasn't armed with any weapon.
The lawsuit also states that Moore, without a search warrant, looked through Tiller's house.
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.
As for Glanden, two men sued him, four other police officers and the city of Gilbert earlier this month.
Bobby Lester and Jimmy West claim that in August 2011, after they returned home from "the races in Mingo County" that Glanden and other officers came to West's home and asked, "where the gun was." A police officer near West's residence had reported a gun had been stolen from his house.
After West told Glanden he didn't know about the gun, according to the lawsuit, Glanden said he would be back.
"True to his word, Glanden and numerous officers, including all defendant officers, kicked in Mr. West's door and severely beat Mr. West and Mr. Lester for no reason and without provocation," the lawsuit states.