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NC Appeals Court upholds ruling in state trooper's firing

Posted October 16, 2012

— The North Carolina Court of Appeals has upheld a Superior Court judge's ruling that the state Highway Patrol was justified when it fired a trooper nearly 10 years ago for sexual misconduct.

Monty Poarch, an 18-year veteran of the Highway Patrol, was fired in 2003 after a woman accused him of having sex with her on numerous occasions while he was on duty.

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 the Highway Patrol commander at the time chose to fire Poarch.

The Appeals Court's ruling, filed Tuesday, affirmed Judge Donald Stephens' ruling in April 2011 that the Highway Patrol was justified in terminating Poarch.

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  • anonemoose Oct 17, 10:57 a.m.

    It's okay y'all.

    Now he is a Captain at a Sheriff's Office.

  • lazyrebel Oct 17, 10:56 a.m.

    If bill can do it why not the trooper. As for respect for LEO's I have none. Most are bullies who get to legally carry a gun an boss people around. In alot of situations they esclate the situation, not calm it down, unless they kill the guy. Mostly for the HP it is a money racket, tickets etc. Legal robbery!

  • jsok123 Oct 16, 5:39 p.m.

    Ask any NC Highway Patrolman. This behavior is common practice.

  • djofraleigh Oct 16, 5:33 p.m.

    Someone brought up Clinton .. -- comment

    Clinton lied under oath, abused multiple women, and should have resigned. He did lose his law license.

  • hpr641 Oct 16, 2:55 p.m.

    "Gee, it is only sex. It does not stop him from being able to do his job.
    - whatelseisnew"

    Gee, it only reflects on the judgement of a St. Trooper. They only had relations in a facility WE paid for, built on land WE bought, and also in a vehicle WE bought. Considering he got fired, you suppose that she had him in a position to force him into doing anything nefarious?

    Someone brought up Clinton ... same thing - only on an industrial-strength scale. Clinton allowed a young, directly subordinate intern to be in a position to, had she chosen to, compel him to do extraordinary things that he wouldn't have otherwise in order to try to maintain her silence. The HoR was right to impeach him ... there is NO Fortune 500 co. out there that would've tolerated its CEO doing such in the Co. Executive Suite, during normal hours, and at least once WHILE conducting company business. Beyond firing, most would have checked him into a program for sex addiction.

  • baldchip Oct 16, 1:32 p.m.

    Whatelse-Clinton should have been fired!! He lied to the American people-of course what else is new with him?? Lying to the people is a constant for him!!

  • Marty King Oct 16, 1:05 p.m.

    I don't trust the police, nothing but trouble.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 16, 12:38 p.m.

    this is ODD; Clinton did not get fired. Gee, it is only sex. It does not stop him from being able to do his job.

  • WASP Oct 16, 12:17 p.m.

    As well it should be. The members of the HP should be held to a higher standard.

  • jhk0704 Oct 16, 12:11 p.m.

    And they wonder why we dont trust/like cops.

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