Former Highway Patrol Major Texted Secretary 2,640 Times

A high-ranking North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper sent more than 2,600 text messages to a female co-worker in the months leading up to his resignation.

The Highway Patrol released the text messages of Maj. Everett Clendenin on Wednesday after public records requests from media organizations. Clendenin resigned last week, saying he admitted to poor judgment but denied he had a sexual relationship with the co-worker.

The messages show that Clendenin sent the woman some 2,640 text messages in April, May and June. Many of the messages were sent during overnight hours with flirtatious notes calling the recipient "sweetie" or "baby" and accompanied by heart symbols.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by OH MY Location: Greenville on Jul 6, 2010 at 07:26 PM
    Ole Freak Daddy!!
  • by Annaleise Location: ENC on Jul 3, 2010 at 11:19 PM
    I have read the texts and really don't see anything that is criminal. Flirtatious? Perhaps. But, this is nothing to get fired or resign over. I feel bad for both parties involved. Middle age is hell and this is the havoc is wreaks!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 2, 2010 at 09:11 AM
    It's only sexual harassment if the recipient views it as such and reports it.
  • by Crabbby Pattie on Jul 2, 2010 at 06:31 AM
    I have had a good laugh over the "Hawt" thing. I told my husband, you must be really HOT, to be "HAWT"!!! I hope he gets on all the late night talk shows and makes a $$$$. He's a man!!.. I've had men say similar things to me in my day, nothing for anyone to get fired over. Gee whiz. The liberals would have them all wearing skirts and the women wearing the pants carrying whips.
  • by deadfish Location: NC on Jul 2, 2010 at 03:04 AM
    OLi: Advances or NOT like the old adage don't mix business with pleasure. It turned out to be the major's guilty pleasure! Seriously you don't fool around in your own backyard or get burned. The major burned himself. He paid a high price for his hormonal cocktail! I don't think I have made 2,640 phone calls in my life! I can barely spell text!
  • by law and order Location: Greenville on Jul 1, 2010 at 02:48 PM
    So, this guy is in charge of enforcing rules but it's ok for him to break them? I don't care if recipient was happy to receive the messages (and if she wasn't, then he's guilty of illegal sexual harassment). What matters is that he used a substantial portion of taxpayer-funded time and used state-issued equipment for an inappropriate, non-work related purpose. He broke the rules. Simple. Break the rules, pay the price. He's an at-will employee and is not entitled to hold his job, especially if he breaks the rules. And, as an LEO, he has a standard of conduct to uphold and he violated that, too. Break the rules and face consequences--isn't that the point of having state-supported law enforcement in the first place? And "taken down" by a female? Please. Nobody coerced him into sending the messages, he did it of his own free will--and poor judgment.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Jul 1, 2010 at 01:52 PM
    2,640 text messages; hmmmm....has to be another poor guy taken down in public by a seductive, non-caring female. No way he sent those messages without her invitations, no way. I am female, by the way. I bet she thought she was 'all that' because of it. I hope if he is married, his wife will have her 'field day' with Miss Secretary.
  • by Confused Location: God Bless America on Jul 1, 2010 at 12:13 PM
    So what's the problem?????
  • by just wondering on Jul 1, 2010 at 11:13 AM
    Was he on the clock when he sent the messages? If not, who cares.
  • by deadfish Location: NC on Jul 1, 2010 at 10:58 AM
    A lot of you have asked WHAT happened to her? WHY are you having the naive thought about the secretary being blamed as well? A sure bet is that the whole situation was thoroughly investigated meaning both both of them. The second sure bet is that if the secretary was disciplined it was probably done internally. Nobody knows if she hired a lawyer to protect herself. Is it possible that the major as part of a possible plea deal for him NOT to make any comments under any circumstances regarding the investigation that led to his resignation? We'll never know the investigation details. C'est la vie! That's life in French...
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