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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

Thursday, December 11, 2014

U.S. Attorney Adds Resources To Combat Crime In Clarksburg Area

1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Tara Tighe, Public Affairs Specialist

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – In a continuing effort to bring enhanced law enforcement resources to the Clarksburg region, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia recently welcomed a new federal prosecutor, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

“We are excited to have Sarah Montoro join our office as an Assistant United States Attorney,” said Ihlenfeld. “She brings enthusiasm and experience to our team. She also has a particular passion and expertise in the area of domestic violence, having served on the Board of Directors of the Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center in Morgantown.”

“Hiring Sarah is just one component in a larger initiative to enhance law enforcement resources in the Clarksburg area,” noted Ihlenfeld. “We are actively pursuing additional resources to ensure safety and security in the region.” In September 2014, Harrison County, West Virginia was designated as a critical drug trafficking region as part of the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program. The HIDTA designation will bring significant federal resources to region, including additional support for the Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force. In November 2014, Assistant Harrison County Prosecutor Shawn Adkins was designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney.

Montoro graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2003. She earned her JD in 2006 from the West Virginia University College of Law, where she served as Executive Research Editor for the West Virginia Law Review and President of the West Virginia Student Trial Lawyers Association. Prior to joining the United States Attorney's Office, Montoro served as an associate at Romano Law Office and Allan N. Karlin & Associates, both in Morgantown, West Virginia. She also served as a law clerk for Fourth Circuit Judge Robert B. King from August 2006 through August 2007.

Updated January 7, 2015