Supreme Court rules case dismissed due to expiration of statute of limitations

By Kyla Asbury Jan 19, 2022

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court ruled that the statute of limitations had expired and a complaint was time-barred.

The Supreme Court affirmed Randolph Circuit Court’s Sept. 3, 2020, order granting a motion to dismiss Sadie McCartney’s complaint, which was filed in 2018, according to the Jan. 12 memorandum decision by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

McCartney was a student at Elkins High School from Fall 2011 until her graduation in Spring 2016.

McCartney alleged while she was a minor in 2013 and 2014, Mr. Donald Johnson, a media specialist/librarian at the school, pursued an inappropriate relationship with her. She reported this conduct and underwent an interview on July 2, 2014, as part of the investigation into Johnson’s conduct.

Johnson was arrested on July 17, 2014, on a number of charges stemming from criminal conduct and his employment was terminated on Aug. 6, 2014. He was later sentenced and he remains imprisoned.

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