Glen Wade’s Request For Re-sentencing Postponed In Pocahontas County Circuit Court
Marlinton, WV – Glen Wade, former Dean of Students at Green Bank Elementary Middle School, was sentenced in March, 2009 to 10 – 20 years in prison following a conviction of two counts of sexual abuse of a minor by a person in a position of trust. Wade, in prison orange and leg shakles, appeared with defense attorney Paul Detch before Circuit Court Judge Joseph Pomponio on July 12th seeking to have his sentence vacated in favor of a shorter one.
The convictions stem from a sexual relationship Wade had with a then sixteen year old Pocahontas County High School girl, between December 2005 and February 2006. This past March, the West Virginia legislature made changes to the statutes regarding child abuse. Wades Attorney Paul Detch hoped to use those changes to secure a shorter sentence of one to five years for his client.
Pocahontas County Prosecuting Attorney Donna Meadows-Price says Detch is correct that changes were made to the statute by the legislature. However she says the sentencing guidelines changed for only parts B and C of the statute. Part A, under which Wade was convicted, still specifies the 10 to 20 year sentencing guideline.
Detch says he got his information about the statute changes by means of an online search. Price used a publication from the West Virginia Legislature detailing changes passed during the 2010 regular session. She says not all parts of the publication have been entered online, including the statute Detch sought to use.
Detch asked Judge Pomponio for more time to research the statute. Judge Pomponio agreed to a postponement of the hearing.