Commission Rejects Trooper's Appeal Of Firing Over Sex Encounters

The state Personnel Commission has rejected an appeal by a former Highway Patrol trooper who was fired for having extramarital sex in a patrol car and an office.

The commission refused to overturn the firing of Monty Steven Poarch, saying the patrol had just cause for his dismissal when it terminated him for misconduct.

Poarch's attorney said he will file an appeal in Superior Court.The ruling goes against an administrative law judge's decision which found that while Poarch's conduct was egregious, he should get his job back because other troopers had engaged in sexual affairs while on the force and were not fired.

The case ultimately helped make public about two dozen incidents in which troopers had been involved in sexual misbehavior.

If Poarch succeeds in court, he still has to get past Gov. Mike Easley, who has said trooper will not be allowed back on the force while he's in office.