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Fired state trooper to get back pay

Posted May 24, 2011

— A former North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper fired for having sex while on duty will receive two months of back pay, a Superior Court judge has ruled.

Monty Poarch was fired in 2003 after a woman filed a complaint against him with the patrol's internal affairs division. He  later admitted to having sex with her in his patrol car and at a district station but denied that it happened while he was on duty.

His recommended punishment was a 10-day suspension, but then-commander Richard Holden chose to terminate the trooper. Bryan Beatty, the secretary of the North Carolina Crime Control and Public Safety, upheld the firing.

Poarch's fight to get his job back was in court for years and landed in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens, who ultimately ruled that the Patrol was justified in firing Poarch.

But Stephens ruled that Poarch was entitled to wages from Aug. 11, 2003, to Oct. 23, 2003, the period in which he was being investigated for the allegations prior to his firing.

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  • peplquitwhinin May 25, 2011

    Wait a dang minute. Number one, an entire profession cannot be condemned because of one person.

    Now, as I read the story, he had sex with her in his patrol car, AND at a district station. That is twice! And she contacted IAD because.............

    Other than a trooper using government property for his sexual affair, what else is wrong in this story? Did he tell her "no more" and make her mad so whe filed the complaint? Did she get another ticket and he refused to help get her out of it? Something just doesn't add up here!

  • twc May 25, 2011

    And the lady should be identified. Who knows when she may strike again.

  • twc May 25, 2011

    I have no problem with the trooper, he was off duty. But the lady should have to pay for the use of public property.

  • Rebelyell55 May 25, 2011

    Don't think he should gotten the back pay. Like one post stated, if he was caught at work having sex he would been fired and most likely no back pay.

  • braddavis May 25, 2011

    Holden is a great upstanding man with high morals.

    wrong....he drove the department into the ground with Accreditation.

  • timbo10.0 May 25, 2011

    "Until we as citizens stand up and call a hault to this behavior it is sadly going to continue. "

    Sex in cars is out of control!!! It's bringing America down!!! "They" need to do something about it!!!

    Jeez. He was off duty. What's the big deal?

  • rayh May 25, 2011

    They act like they've never had Human Resources problems before...should have set him up and fired him on the spot and then there wouldn't be any whining about HOW it was done.

  • shoutntime May 25, 2011

    If I had sex with someone on my office desk I am pretty sure I would be fired regardless if it were during working hours or not. I think Holden did the right and just thing and the judge made the right call, Poarch was paid for the administrative leave time, end of story.

  • boatmonkey82 May 25, 2011

    Next time you get pulled for what ever law you were breaking how about thanking the officer for doing his job , I promise if you are nice to them they will be nice and professional to you

  • boatmonkey82 May 25, 2011

    Holden is a great upstanding man with high morals . No wonder he fired this guy , there is no place for this kind of conduct while on the job or in a patrol car , kinda paints a bad picture .

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