Raleigh, N.C. — 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.