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THP says trooper resigns after having sex on duty

6:14 PM, Oct 24, 2012   |    comments
Sgt. James Sells
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee Highway Patrol sergeant has resigned rather than be fired after an investigation revealed misconduct that included having sex while on duty.

The THP announced Wednesday that 45-year-old James Sells resigned following an internal affairs investigation that also found he misused state property and equipment and was negligent in performing his duties.

Sgt. Sells began his career as a State Trooper in August of 1998. He was initially assigned to Overton County as a Road Trooper. Sgt. Sells later served as trooper and sergeant in Pickett, Overton and Fentress Counties, respectively. His most recent assignment was as a sergeant in the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) in Putnam County.

It's one of several recent misconduct incidents involving the THP.

A Cookeville-based trooper fired in June was later indicted on drunken driving and weapons charges, while two colleagues were disciplined for not reporting the incident.

A Bradley County trooper is charged in the accidental shooting death of his 3-year-old granddaughter.

A former Pickett County trooper pleaded guilty in July to having sex with a minor.

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