The complaint says that Kim Woodruff nonetheless rebuffed Thornsbury's requests.
"By the standards of Mingo County, plaintiff had an excellent job with excellent health and retirement benefits," the complaint says, "and plaintiff was reluctant to forgo the salary and benefits even in the face of a hostile work environment."
Eventually, though, Robert Woodruff was arrested "on trumped up charges," the complaint says, and Thornsbury fired his wife "as part and parcel of his plot to force plaintiff into his bed and/or as vengeance for unrequited lust."
Federal prosecutors say Thornsbury tried between 2008 and 2012 to frame Robert Woodruff for crimes including drug possession, larceny and assault. The schemes allegedly involved a state trooper, the county emergency services director, and a friend and business partner of the judge, but none of them panned out.
Prosecutors say the judge first tried to plant a box of drugs in Robert Woodruff's car, then got a trooper to pursue a criminal case against Woodruff for salvaging mine-roof drill bits and scrap from the company he worked for, even though he had permission to do so.
They also allege that Thornsbury tapped a friend, the county's emergency services director, to improperly serve as foreman of the Mingo County grand jury.
Prosecutors say the judge wrote subpoenas and had the grand jury issue them to help get private information about Woodruff. They said that scheme was exposed when one of the businesses refused to cooperate.
And when Robert Woodruff became the victim of an assault outside a convenience store last year by two men, the judge arranged for Woodruff to be identified as the perpetrator, according to prosecutors.
Thornsbury, 57, faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the two federal counts of conspiracy.