Moatsville Man Accused of Drugging Wife Pleads Guilty


A Barbour County man accused of drugging his prosecutor wife pleaded guilty in Monongalia County Magistrate Court.

West Virginia State Police arrested William Francis Poling, Jr., 42, of Moatsville in March for putting a tablet of Ambien, a prescription medication for sleeping, in his wife's drink, which she unknowingly consumed, according to court documents. Poling said he wanted to gain access to his wife's cell phone messages and emails.

Marion County Special Prosecutor Lea Anne Hawkins said Poling pleaded guilty to one count of battery. Monongalia County Magistrate Hershel Mullins ordered Poling to pay a fine of $500 plus court costs and pay $2,000 to the victim, Barbour County Prosecuting Attorney Leckta Poling.

William Poling told state police that he and his wife had been married about 19 years and that he had developed a suspicion about the stability of their marriage.

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