My story in today’s Floyd Press and on the paper’s web site tells of the 21-count indictment against former Farm Credit manager Greg Clabaugh, who is also known to most Floyd Countians as the man who used to announce athletic events for high school sports. Floyd Press editor Wanda Combs also posted mention of the story on Facebook last night.
His son, 30-year-old Mark Clabaugh, was also indicted on five counts from the same case. Those indictments were unsealed today and I wrote a followup story for the Floyd Press web site.
The indictment, handed down Tuesday by a Floyd County Circuit Court grand jury and sealed until he turned himself in on Wednesday, listed — in detail — 17 charges of possession of child pornography, including graphic images of children naked and engaged in sexual acts. Three more counts allege reproduction of those images and one count is a charge of being engaged in a “conspiracy to commit a felony.”
Word of Clabaugh’s impending legal problems emerged last year when he suddenly “retired” as manager of Farm Credit and then also withdrew as an announcer for high school sports — a volunteer job.
Clabaugh was also active in the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce and served as campaign treasurer for county Commonwealth’s Attorney candidate Eric Branscom, who defeated incumbent Gordon Hannett in the GOP primary in 2007 and then lost the general election to current prosecutor Shortt.
Rumors circulated around the county for months about the State Police searching his home and office and seizing his computers, but began to die down until investigators from the Virginia State Police and the state Attorney General’s office appeared before the grand jury on Tuesday and the long, detailed indictment was handed down.
Both the offices of Sheriff Shannon Zeman and Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Short recused themselves from the case and turned the investigation over to the State Police — something that is not unusual when a case involves a high-profile individual that a lot of people know in a small community.
Clabaugh has hired Christiansburg attorney David Rhodes, who ironically worked for a while as a part-time assistant prosecutor for Shortt, to represent him in the case. His son has retained Radford attorney James Turk.
Updated to include information on second indictment, which was unsealed Thursday.