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NC appeals court upholds trooper's firing

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A North Carolina appeals court has upheld the firing of a state trooper for having extramarital sex in patrol cars and a patrol office.

The three-judge Court of Appeals panel agreed Tuesday with a Wake County trial judge's decision to sustain the State Personnel Commission's decision to fire Monty Poarch. That followed a 2007 ruling by an administrative judge that Poarch should be reinstated because other troopers remained on the force despite worse behavior.

The appeals panel rejected arguments that the trial judge was wrong in ruling there was just cause to dismiss Poarch.

An investigation began when a woman accused Poarch in 2002 of stopping her because she was ending their affair.

The court did approve two months' pay for the time between Poarch's pre-dismissal conference and official termination.

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