Former trooper from Sweetwater pleads guilty to taking cash during stop

Trooper Michael C. McGlothlan, 31, of Sweetwater, was fired today after a criminal investigation into his conduct during a traffic stop Monday. He was assigned to Monroe County in the Knoxville District, and he'd been on the job less than a year.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A former Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper has pleaded guilty to stealing $900 in cash during a traffic stop in Monroe County.

The district attorney's office says Michael C. McGlothlan admitted to charges of theft and official misconduct on the same day THP fired the 31-year-old of Sweetwater.

McGlothlan had worked less than a year for the THP's Knoxville district, patrolling Monroe County. He came under scrutiny Monday after he stopped a driver on Interstate 75.

Authorities say McGlothlan asked the driver for his wallet, then handed it back with $900 in cash missing.

The agency fired McGlothlan on Tuesday, and he appeared in court later that day to plead guilty.

McGlothlan will be sentenced Feb. 25. He faces a sentence of up to two years in prison.

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