THP says trooper resigns after having sex on duty

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.

Sells worked in the criminal investigations division in Cookeville.

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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