POINT PLEASANT — The investigation into whether or not a current member of the Mason County Board of Education sold GEDs to residents while she was a local teacher remains “under review,” according to the case’s special prosecutor.
Board Member Teresa L. Warner, also an educator, was arrested in July of last year and charged with one count of fraudulent schemes by investigators with the Mason County Detachment of the West Virginia State Police. Those investigators allege Warner sold GEDs to residents from 2002-10 — a charge Warner has been fighting since last year. State troopers investigating the case have also been waiting over a year for some kind of resolution.
Due to a conflict of interest in Mason County, Putnam County’s Prosecuting Attorney Mark Sorsaia has the case and was named the special prosecutor. If he feels the evidence is there, Sorsaia would be the one to present to a grand jury, which hasn’t happened so far.
Sgt. EB Starcher of the Mason County Detachment of the W.Va. State Police has publicly expressed support for his agency’s investigation and his frustration with the amount of time in which Sorsaia’s office has had the case without any movement. Starcher made his feelings about the delay known to a Charleston newspaper last month and this week to the Point Pleasant Register.
When contacted about the case this week, Sorsaia said his office typically doesn’t confirm or deny the existence of an investigation because it’s not fair to the person being investigated but added, “this case is in my office…I’m in the process of reviewing it.”
Sorsaia said he was aware of the recent newspaper article and explained, “We are looking at it (the case), despite the comment of the trooper, we are taking the case very seriously.”
Sorsaia then said after a review, he would make a professional evaluation about whether the case would go forward, adding, “We’re still in it. I don’t want people to think we’re finished with it — we’re not.”
The Point Pleasant Register contacted Warner for a comment though she declined on the advice of her attorneys James Casey and Mike Shaw.