Pretrial continued for former village mayor

By Gary Huffenberger ghuffenberger@civitasmedia.com

April 21, 2014

A pretrial in a government corruption case against a former Martinsville mayor has been continued.

At the first court hearing in March, Rayetta Robinson pleaded not guilty to six charges, including theft in office and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. She did not have an attorney at the time.

Last Friday, Robinson’s new attorney, Assistant Clinton County Public Defender Ryan Houston, mentioned in court the “significant” amount of information and evidence in the case. The pretrial was postponed until May 23 on grounds relating to evidence.

In addition to theft in office and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, Robinson’s charges include having an unlawful interest in a public contract, tampering with records, representation by present or former public official or employee prohibited and dereliction of duty. The last two are misdemeanors while the remainder are felony-level offenses.

As previously reported, Robinson, 55, is one of five former Martinsville public officials charged with theft in office and other criminal charges.

She is related to two of the other charged officials. The other Robinson family members charged are Rayetta’s mother, Carole Robinson, 74, who was village council president, and Rayetta’s son, James R. Robinson, 33, who was employed as a general laborer for the village.

Also charged were Sheri Watson, 55, a former Martinsville fiscal officer, and Patience Comberger, 35, who was village administrator.