(CBS News) Mingo County Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury has been charged with abusing his power and commandeering a grand jury in a failed attempt to frame a romantic rival for crimes.

Thornsbury is charged with conspiracy against a person’s rights in a federal indictment unsealed Thursday.

Prosecutors say Thornsbury was having an extramarital relationship with his secretary and when she tried to end it citing her marriage, the judge tried to frame the woman’s husband.

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