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State trooper resigns amid investigation

Posted June 9, 2010

— A North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper has resigned from his post amid an internal investigation into his conduct, authorities said Wednesday.

Larry B. Lovick, 31, who was assigned to Troop C in Wake County, resigned Monday, Highway Patrol spokesman Maj. Everett Clendenin said. Citing privacy laws, Clendenin declined to say why Lovick resigned or why he was under investigation.

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WRAL News, however, has learned that several women filed complaints against Lovick, accusing him of sexual misconduct while on duty.

Jennifer Canada, a spokeswoman for the North Carolina Department of Justice, said the Highway Patrol on Tuesday asked that the State Bureau of Investigation initiate an investigation into Lovick. She did not say why.

Lovick, who had been with the Highway Patrol since June 2004, said Wednesday he has "been done wrong" but would not comment on specific allegations.

He said he resigned because he was aware that he would be fired and that he wanted to protect his wife and children from the accusations.

He added that he was not aware of an SBI investigation.

"I didn't do anything wrong to be charged criminally," he said. "I just want to move on."

A series of misconduct cases involving troopers has rocked the Highway Patrol's image over the past several years.

A number of troopers and officers have been disciplined or fired for offenses that included profiling young women for traffic stops, drunken driving, animal abuse and having sex on duty.

In May, Col. Randy Glover, commander of the Highway Patrol, sent a memo to troopers saying members who embarrass the organization would be dealt with.

"It's important to us that we maintain the public's trust," Clendenin said. "The Highway Patrol has zero tolerance for any type of possible criminal activity, and that is why we're trying to get to the bottom of it."

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  • Journey985 Jun 11, 10:41 a.m.

    Sorry cattan71 - Fact 1 - He resigned after hearing he was going to be fired (why resign for any other reason?) 2. There is more than just one woman making these accusations (unless these women know each other I find this being a coiencidence very unlikely) So, please, before you say you "KNOW" someone, you better make sure you have all the facts.

  • cattan71 Jun 10, 7:21 p.m.

    ChromeLexus22:

    Sorry I didn't respond sooner, however I do have a job

    I am the lady that knows this Trooper and will continue to protect him and believe he has done nothing until a court of law finds otherwise. Do you know him?..... Nope didn't think so! I guess you believe everything the news reports to be true. These things are allegations NOT facts. The facts are Trooper Lovick is an outstanding person that apparently you have not been fortunate enough to know. Yes he is a Christian and God will see him through this and he will only bounce back stronger, I promise you that. The thing that bothers me most is the fact that this man has a wife and children that are becoming victims of all of this. Put yourself in his shoes or even their shoes a while. He did not want that at all but The North Carolina Highway Patrol is one corrupt organization, if you don't play their dirty game they will make things hard for you! I will completly trust in the man that I know Trooper Lovick to be. HE I

  • Lickad Jun 10, 5:58 p.m.

    I agree with Mugu, I have seen these off duty police act afool, they have no social skills.

  • ForTheLoveOf Jun 10, 2:31 p.m.

    I like how WRAL cites the "animal abuse" when it was found to be that was what commonly used as training. I don't need to bother reading all the postings about how LEO's and public safety are all spending company time on here and blah blah blah. Guess what, a lot of us work nights, thirds, and midnight shift, so we don't get the luxury of sleeping with our loved ones.

    And for those of you who come out and say "us vs them" mentality, well look at how many of the people we protect hate us for the few bad apples there truly are. I'm not saying this trooper is guilty or innocent, only that officers are people too, and we all make mistakes. No excuses, however, for criminal or otherwise misconduct.

  • Mugu Jun 10, 1:29 p.m.

    If you really go through the backgrounds and behavior all cops in NC, a good majority of them would end up being burger flippers due to their social ineptitude.

    I remember back a couple of years when I ran into two Selma officers who had their head in the clouds stinking of alcohol while in uniform acting belligerently while working as off duty security at a JR store.

    I hope these two are where they need to be.

  • finwearer Jun 10, 12:23 p.m.

    For you misguided people that think State employees spend "state time" responding in this forum... you are falling prey to the luxuries of a 9-5, Mon.-Fri. job. WE are the ones working while you are sleeping soundly in your bed, enjoying your weekends, and spending holidays with your families. WE do not have those privileges. Yes, we chose this employment... so we could help the likes of you when you need it. What do we get in return? The State budget being balanced on our backs. Being cursed by you for doing all we can with 'your' tax-dollars (AND mine!). I even had one man tell me "I wouldn't give you the sweat off my a>>." And he hung up on me. (I was calling to tell him his Grandson had been gravely injured). The ONLY reward we get is the satisfaction of doing the very best we can with what we have to work with. If I can end my shift knowing that I helped at least one person...then my shift has been a success. People.. PLEASE!!!

  • dunzie9 Jun 10, 11:14 a.m.

    This man is innocent, and now there is one less good man doing a good job. Bev is slipping and the democrats are pushing for the no tolerance and no embarssing moments by all state employee's. Whether they are founded and unfounded, because of this all public servants run scared at even being accused of anything from paper weights to arrests. Some haved asked, well why did he resign? First your retirment, sick time, and cobra benefits. Second once the investigation is over and unfounded or no wrong doing you can apply for reinstatement. If you are fired there is no chance for reinstatment. Some of you need to slow your roll,and put yourself in his shoes and think. Innocent untill proven guilty.

  • 2SWEETBOYS Jun 10, 10:39 a.m.

    Not sure why it is anyone's business that he resigned....if he did wrong, he is human and made a mistake... he realized it and wants to move on! Some of you calling the HP "losers".....by stating that it lets me know that you are the real LOSER!!!!

  • wakeconative4ever Jun 10, 8:47 a.m.

    I think they should disband the highway patrol. The commander is no better.

  • kmbenton85 Jun 10, 8:23 a.m.

    He gave me a speeding ticket a few months ago.. when he gave me the ticket, he was professional and nice (as nice as you can be for giving a ticket to someone) Now, I will not say he is not guilty or even that he is because none of us know the truth but if he is, I hope he gets the punishment he deserves...

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