Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

August 2, 2013

W.Va. man who drugged wife to snoop pleads guilty

Associated Press

MORGANTOWN, — The husband of a prosecutor in north-central West Virginia has pleaded guilty to drugging his wife so he could examine her cell phone and email histories.

The Exponent Telegram reports that 42-year-old William Francis Poling Jr. pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery Friday in Monongalia County Magistrate Court. He was fined $500 and agreed to pay $2,000 in restitution.

Poling is estranged from his wife, Barbour County Prosecutor Leckta Poling.

State Police Sgt. G.S. Petsko says Frank Poling doubted the stability of his 19-year marriage and admitted to slipping a sedative into her drink in 2012.

Special Prosecutor Lea Anne Hawkins of Marion County handled the case.

Poling is the son of Delegate Mary Poling, D-Barbour.