Tonya McIver, 38, of Rt. 1 Box 356B, New Martinsville, pleaded guilty Feb. 6 in Wetzel County Circuit Court to one count of parent authorizing sexual abuse of a child.
For this offense, McIver was sentenced to five to 15 years in the West Virginia Penitentiary for Women. The state will not oppose the filing of a motion for reduction of sentence if it is filed in a timely manner; the state recommends that if McIver successfully completes 90 days incarceration, she be released on to two years of supervised probation.
Additionally, upon McIver's release from prison, she will have to register with the West Virginia State Police on the child abuse and neglect registry.
This case intertwines with the case involving Charles Scott Moore. Moore, 27, of 187 North State Route 2 Apt. B203, New Martinsville, pleaded guilty Dec. 17 in Wetzel County Circuit Court to counts one and three of his 10-count indictment.
Count one states that on or about Nov. 25, 2011, Moore committed the felony offense of sexual assault in the third degree, also known as statutory rape.
Count three states that he committed the same offense on Dec. 10, 2011.
Moore's indictment had stated that the victim was less than 16 years old at the time the offenses occurred. Moore would have been 26.
For each crime, Moore was sentenced to one to five years in the West Virginia State Penitentiary for Men. These two sentences will run concurrently. After his release, Moore must register as a sex offender and will be on supervised release for five additional years.
Moore is to have no more contact with the victim, and he must also pay for counseling.
"I just let her go to a friend's and that's who she ended up with," McIver stated when asked what she had done wrong. However, Special Prosecuting Attorney Carl "Worthy" Paul stated that McIver had met Moore, knew his age, and facilitated a relationship between Moore and the minor victim in the case. This relationship allegedly continued for four months and went so far as the minor victim was living with Moore and he was actually taking her to school.
Defense Attorney J.K. Chase did not dispute the prosecution's remarks, nor did McIver.
McIver was to report at noon on Monday to the Wetzel County Sheriff's Department.
McIver originally received a five-count indictment charging her with five counts of parent authorizing sexual abuse of a child which were to have allegedly occurred on or about Nov. 25, 2011; Dec. 10, 2011; between Nov. 1, 2011 and March 21, 2012; Nov. 25, 2011; and between Nov. 1, 2011 and March 21, 2012.