CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A former West Virginia State Police trooper accused of raping a woman will not be prosecuted, Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants said.
The reason, Plants said, is that the woman didn't tell the State Police officer doing the criminal investigation of her case the same story that she told the Gazette.
The woman told the Gazette that former trooper Patrick James Mooney told her on Feb. 9 that he was going to drive her to her job at a strip club in Jefferson. Instead, she said, he took her up a winding country road and raped her.
"He comes up and tells me to get out [of the car]," she said at the time. "And he rapes me."
The statement directly contradicts the statement she gave State Police investigators that she did not try to stop Mooney's sexual advances, Plants said.
"That is not the statement that is part of the evidence in this case," Plants said of the woman's statements to the Gazette.
The woman gave a statement to State Police on Feb. 15.
In March, the woman told the Gazette the officer raped her and that the State Police internal affairs unit told her not to tell anyone about it.
"They said if I wouldn't say anything, that the police barracks could punish him more if I kept my mouth shut," the woman said at the time.
However, Plants used the statement the woman gave the State Police to make his decision.
Plants' office made the decision not to prosecute in April. The prosecutor said he has to go by the evidence that is presented to him in an investigation.