- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

WINFIELD, W.Va. (AP) - A state panel says a Putnam County magistrate candidate should be removed from the ballot because of his past misdemeanor convictions.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (https://bit.ly/1p5aYox ) the Judicial Investigation Commission made its recommendation on Troy Sexton to the state Supreme Court in a petition filed Monday.

Sexton is one of three people running for magistrate.

The petition says state law requires that magistrates not be convicted of “any felony or any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude.”

The JIC filing says Sexton pleaded guilty to making harassing phone calls to a woman in 2010, and falsely reporting an emergency incident and driving under the influence in 2014.

He pleaded no contest to misdemeanor domestic battery charges in 2009.

Sexton says regardless of his past misdemeanors, he’s still qualified to run for magistrate.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, https://wvgazettemail.com.

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