W.Va. office investigating Mingo County prosecutor

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks is being investigated by a lawyer disciplinary office for what he says is his knowledge of the conduct of a judge facing federal charges.

A Charleston newspaper reports the state Office of Disciplinary Counsel is investigating Sparks.

A federal grand jury has charged Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury with two conspiracy counts. Thornsbury is accused of having an affair with his secretary and trying to frame her husband for several crimes, including drug possession, larceny and assault.

State counsel chief attorney Rachael Cipoletti declined to say why Sparks is being investigated. But Sparks points to the federal indictment that says he knew of the affair.

State Bar rules require attorneys to report judicial misconduct.

Sparks has defended his failure to report Thornsbury.

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