CHARLES TOWN – A Jefferson County assistant prosecuting attorney was arraigned on federal charges of selling prescription narcotics yesterday.
James Casimiro, III, who works as a felony and misdemeanor prosecutor, is charged with twice selling $300 worth of oxycodone – an opiate which is the active ingredient in several types of prescription pain medication including Oxycontin and Percocet. The first sale was alleged to have occurred on May 31, the second on June 25.
Casimiro submitted a financial affidavit, which is sealed, and was appointed federal public defender Nicholas Compton. Compton could not be reached for comment by press time.
Casimiro has been placed on suspension without pay, according to Prosecuting Attorney Ralph Lorenzetti.
Casimiro was placed on supervised release following his arraignment. His travel has been restricted to the Northern District of West Virginia, and he has been prohibited from using drugs or alcohol and from possessing firearms.
Judge Gina Groh has recused herself from the case. It will be heard by Judge John Preston Bailey.
Casimiro’s next court appearance will be Aug. 7 at 11 a.m. in Martinsburg.