Charleston — WCHS-TV is reporting that the self-admitted whistleblower whose anonymous letter kicked off an investigation of the West Virginia State Police is slated to be back in family court Monday, but he is expected to be exonerated.
Corporal Joseph Comer is accused of assaulting the mother, also a state trooper, of his child twice during December custody exchanges in Ritchie County.
Sources told the station’s reporter Kennie Bass that his accuser, Vicki Marra, will recant her testimony, saying the allegations she made against Comer are not true.
The station has learned that Marra allegedly used associates to reach out to Comer, explaining she was encouraged by former West Virginia State Police leadership to fabricate the accusations which led to criminal charges and a Domestic Violence Protection Order against him.
Some of the State Police hierarchy have resigned during the investigation triggered by Comer’s whistleblowing.
Upon hearing of Marra’s confession, Comer’s attorney, David Moye, contacted the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security. State Police investigators questioned Marra and sources told Bass she admitted to those investigators the allegations against Comer were false.
Marra also alleges that the officer assigned to her case filled out a criminal complaint and took a photograph introduced as evidence.
Marra said the photograph that showed bruises on her neck were intentionally mischaracterized and were not from Comer grabbing her by the throat, the station reported.
Both Comer and Moye have constantly insisted the targets were part of a smear campaign orchestrated by former State Police administrators who suspected he was the whistleblower outlining numerous alleged instances of criminal activity.
The alleged misdeeds include theft, fraud and the cover-up of a video camera placed inside the West Virginia State Police Academy’s women’s locker room, along with the subsequent destruction of that camera’s video recordings. Several lawsuits involving the hidden camera are pending.
The article concluded that it is expected that following Monday’s closed Marion County Family Court hearing Comer’s attorney will move to have all charges against the corporal dismissed by the Ritchie County prosecuting attorney.