Glasscock To Serve Prison Time
The former executive director of the Wetzel-Tyler Child Advocacy Center, Melody Glasscock, was sentenced Thursday, June 9, to serve time in prison for embezzlement and forgery.
Glasscock committed these crimes against the center, while employed at the center; she pleaded to these offenses — one count of embezzlement and six counts of forgery — on Monday, May 9 in Wetzel County Circuit Court.
Twenty-one other pending felony counts against Glasscock had been dismissed per the terms of the plea agreement.
The state recommended Glasscock be sentenced to one to 10 years for each of the seven charges she had pleaded guilty to.
Glasscock’s attorney, M. Hickman, requested two years of supervised probation for his client.
Glasscock herself spoke to the court at length regarding her gambling addiction. She said she had suffered abuse as a child but was told to remain quiet about it. She said when working at the child advocacy center, the memories of the abuse came back to her. She said she started counseling but still carried the memories with her.
Glasscock said she developed a gambling addiction. She said that when gambling, she could be by herself.
Judge Jeffrey Cramer told Glasscock that he sympathized with what had happened to her as a child. However, Cramer noted that Glasscock had violated the trust of the very children she was supposed to help at the center.
Cramer sentenced Glasscock to one to 10 years in prison for each of her felony charges but suspended six of those prison sentences.
Glasscock will have to serve at least one year in prison.
Judge Cramer ordered Glasscock to self-report to Northern Regional Jail on June 24. Upon release from prison, Glasscock will have to serve five years of supervised probation. She will also have to make restitution to the child advocacy center.
Previously, Special Prosecuting Attorney Carl Bryant stated that as director, funds came into Glasscock’s hands, care, control, and management. Glasscock deposited checks into her account, bearing forged signatures of those who were on the center’s board. Those board members noted that the signatures were not their own and that they believed the signatures were Glasscock’s.
The Wetzel-Tyler Child Advocacy Center, now known as the Lighthouse Child Advocacy Center aids child victims of abuse by supporting and coordinating efforts of a team of professionals consisting of law enforcement investigators, prosecutors, child protective service workers, medical professionals, mental health professionals, and victim advocates.