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Polygraph calls former police cadet's credibility into question

Posted May 5, 2008

— A test conducted Friday by an independent polygraph expert calls into question the credibility of a former Rocky Mount police cadet who claims she was forced out of her job following a sexual relationship with the police chief.

Shirley Moore contends she became pregnant following an alleged Sept. 14 encounter at a Rocky Mount hotel with Police Chief John Manley and that he paid for her to have an abortion two months later.

Moore's responses about a sexual relationship with Manley were inconclusive, said Robert Drdak, a retired FBI agent who administered the exam.

"There's some truth and some non-truth involved in the whole story," he said. "Her overall credibility would be damaged."

Drdak also said she "miserably" failed questions related to Manley's paying for an abortion.

WRAL News arranged for the test and hired Drdak to administer it after Moore said in an interview last month that she would take one to support her claims. She did not want it to be conducted by any party associated with the city of Rocky Mount, however.

Drdak administered the polygraph test May 2 at the WRAL News studios in a controlled environment that included only him and Moore. A television camera was placed in the room to record the test, but no other people were allowed inside.

Moore has said she agreed to meet Manley for dinner at a local steakhouse and that he reserved a room at an adjoining hotel for her to change and freshen up after a day of academy training.

"My mind is telling me, if I don't go along with it, I'm going to have problems, so I obliged," she told Drdak.

In complaints filed with the City of Rocky Mount and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Moore accuses Manley of giving her the option of resigning or being fired after his wife learned of the alleged encounter.

"I don't think you're being 100 percent truthful about the total circumstances," Drdak told Moore after Friday's test.

Moore then admitted to knowing what she was getting into when she went to the hotel.

Manley declined to comment on the polygraph test results, but said he stands by earlier statements that he only had a professional relationship with Moore. He has adamantly denied Moore's claims of an affair and has said Moore left the position of her own accord.

City logs of Manley's office and cell phones, obtained by WRAL through a public records request, show 144 calls between him and Moore from September through February. The calls ranged from early morning to late evening and included 11 on Sept. 14.

Manley has said all the calls were professional in nature; Moore claims most were about the alleged affair.

The city of Rocky Mount is still conducting its own investigation into Moore's allegations.

Moore, who has hired an attorney and is pursuing a lawsuit, does not waver in her claims, despite the polygraph test results. She maintains the affair led to a pregnancy and that Manley paid to end it.

"All I know is in my heart of hearts what happened," she said. "And that's all I can say."


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  • iamforjustice May 6, 2008

    The chief obviously has an understanding committed wife. Just because someone accuses you of something doesn't make it true. I think his wife should stick with him. May be he did have an affair with this woman but things happen. The chief and his wife will get through this. The lady will get on with her life also. God bless them all.

  • batcave May 6, 2008

    good point---Vince ra

  • Dr. Dataclerk May 6, 2008

    The chief should be a real man and step down. Why would his wife continue in this marriage?

  • Dr. Dataclerk May 6, 2008

    I sure hope she comes out on to and the chief has to pay. He needs to take the lie test.

  • Dr. Dataclerk May 6, 2008

    Anyway, we can assume anything we want.

    Yes, but your assumptions can be wrong, honey; like they are many times. Give it a rest will you.

  • Dr. Dataclerk May 6, 2008

    If any of you thinks that this lady is ashame, think again. She thinks she is smart and going for the top $$$$'s. lol

  • TheAdmiral May 6, 2008

    Hmmm - just remember it was the same mess for the Duke Lacrosse team.

    Except they had a DA that spearheaded the railroading.

  • freddie cadetti 72 May 6, 2008

    Cadet and Chief were gettin' it on, consentually. Cadet couldn't pass the academy, but chief could not let her pass or it would make it seem like what it was. But she figured she had him over a barrell. There was no quid pro quo, but her lawyers will make that their case. Classic case of sexual harrassment claim that has no merit. The city will settle in order to avoid trial, and the girl and her attorneys make out like bandits. You trial lawyers who make this your living know who you are, and you're a disgrace.

  • scorekeep May 6, 2008

    "Some of you on board is pretty high on your assumptions. "That she got pregnant by another man and is saying the chief is the father". Please talk facts or nothing at all."

    And your facts to prove otherwise are where? Anyway, we can assume anything we want.

  • tcwife May 6, 2008

    Well, are we surprised that she had problems passing the polygraph test? Not me.

    For those that think the chief should quit his job, maybe he feels that if he does that it will be an admission of guilt and as we all know you are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty and nothing has proven his guilt yet.