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Former Highway Patrol trooper indicted

Posted February 8, 2011

— A Wake County grand jury on Tuesday indicted a former North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper accused of sexual misconduct while on duty.

The Highway Patrol requested an investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation in June after the allegations surfaced against trooper Larry Lovick.

Lovick was indicted on one count of felonious restraint.

Sources have told WRAL News that Lovick put a young woman suspected of underage drinking in his patrol car last May and that the woman claimed that he convinced her to remove her top, handcuffed her, exposed himself and later drove her around in his patrol car against her will.

Lovick resigned a day before the SBI was called in to investigate. He had been with the Highway Patrol since 2004 and was assigned to Troop C in Wake County.

He has denied any wrongdoing.

In a statement, Col. Michael Gilchrist, the commander of the Highway Patrol, said the grand jury’s indictment “solidifies our belief” that criminal charges were warranted.


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  • paulawindley Feb 18, 2011

    The bloggers defending this sick guy are not understanding: HE ADMITTED HE IS GUILTY!!!

  • carroln Feb 10, 2011

    the trooper should be charged and prosecuted. He is no better than any other person. If anything he should be punished more severe than the general public,not only for this but for tarnishing the image of the good officers. The state troopers have a high standard to keep up and this just undermines the entire highway patrol. Keep up the good work and bust'em all.

  • beckyosnoe Feb 9, 2011

    I thought people were deemed innnocent in this country until proven guilty. This lady was stopped on May 24 by Mr. Lovick and again on May 27 by a Raleigh policeman for underage drinking along with 2 of her friends. According to the News & Observer this charge (by the Raleigh police officer) was dropped when she produced an evaluation from a substance abuse treatment center that showed that she didn't have a drinking problem. Hello!! McFly!! Twice in one week! Maybe she had to be restrained so she didn't hurt herself or the trooper. I just don't get it! If you'd had such a horrific experience a few days before you go right back out partying? Why wasn't this reported immediately? No, the story is recanted after getting the second ticket. Something doesn't add up. I certainly hope this trooper isn't made a scapegoat. Lastly, what's up with the smiling picture of Mr. Lovick? Most hp photos released have them with the hat on and solemn face. Think about it!

  • jones22 Feb 9, 2011

    He's special. He carries a badge.

    He can get indicted, charged, the evidence will be overwhelming, but the thin blue line will outweigh all that.

    The most he'll get is suspended with pay. If it gets enough publicity, he'll get fired.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Feb 9, 2011

    No wonder LEO's in the SHP get no respect from the public.

    You have to earn respect.

  • smith17762011 Feb 9, 2011

    Why do we continue to ignore our immigration problems? Fix the borders!

  • cattan71 Feb 9, 2011

    It is very easy for people to talk when you read one side of the story, but how about wait until the final outcome before you start convicting him yourselves. Do you know him? Everyday throught this state fale accuasations are made. For example, let a woman call the police on a man for domestic violence, automatic 72 hours in jail. Now I for one have seen numerous times that it was a disagreement between the 2 noone was touched the woman got mad called the police, 72 hours later the man gets out, court date is set, man is found innocent, usually beacuse the lady your not testify and now alot of tax $$ are wasted. My point being in the courts eyes, a woman can say anything and it will be taken seriously. But the outcome will tell it all! Trooper Lovick is a human being with a family. How would you feel if this man was a member of yours? I am sure you would choose to wait on a verdit rather that an inditment.

  • dixieboy Feb 9, 2011

    I know several Troopers personally and hold them in the highest regard. It's truly a shame that all the good deeds and sacrifice on their part goes unnoticed and generally unappreciated by the media and public at large. When a few with less than admirable judgement get some media exposure and everyone seems to want to discredit the entire agency.

  • same ole story Feb 9, 2011

    Go to jail; go straight to jail. Do not pass go and collect $200 dollars and go straight to general pop and see how long this "tough guy" will last when someone else has the power over him!!! "MAKE THE PUNISHMENT FIT THE CRIME"!! CENTRAL PRISON IS WAITING FOR YOU PRETTY BOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • cunhell29 Feb 9, 2011

    I read the post here. As with most agency's you have your good and bad employee's. Unfortunatly the bad tend to rise to the top. The SHP school is a hard one. Troopers are taught survival skills and to never become comfortable in your job. Most of the SHP's troopers have a military back ground. You can call it brain washing or The SHP's way of doing things. Its a me or you mentality when your dealing with the public. In this case the public is either getting a citation or has broken a law when they interact with a trooper. Thats just the nature of the job.Sure there has been a long history of power abuse from former troopers such as "TERRY PUTMAN" to others who kidd nap husbands wives on traffic stop's. But to judge an organization for the act of a few is childish. Put your life on the line everyday for the public and walk a mile in there shoes. Then see how personable you are after dealing with drunks and people who are endangering the general public, just my 2 cents