Trooper Anthony E. Scott, a 15-year veteran of the force, was in the home of a Chatham County woman in 2009 when her estranged husband allegedly attacked her.
The Highway Patrol said Scott was on duty at the time but wasn't at the home on official business. There was no indication whether Scott tried to intervene in the assault.
He was demoted and transferred after the incident. During Scott's appeal of his demotion, Secretary of Crime Control and Public Safety Ruben Young fired him.
On Tuesday, Senior Administrative Law Judge Fred Morrison upheld the demotion and transfer and ruled that Scott should be reinstated and paid any back pay owed him.
A spokesman for the state Highway Patrol stood behind the decision to demote Scott Tuesday and said the Office of State Personnel will have this final say on his fate.
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