A former state trooper fired last year for having a drunken sexual encounter with another trooper's wife is now an investigator for the North Carolina lottery.
Sgt. Timothy J. White was dismissed from the N.C. Highway Patrol on June 2, 2009, for personal conduct unbecoming of an officer after the encounter, which occurred in the back seat of a car while the woman's husband was in the front seat.
White then continued to contact the other trooper's wife, despite being told by his superiors to stay away from her, according to documents on file at the state Office of Administrative Hearings.
White contested his firing, which has now been reclassified by the state as a resignation following the settlement of his appeal. White was hired Nov. 30 to a new job as a security investigator for the lottery, where he is paid $46,000 a year.
The incident that led to White's dismissal from the Highway Patrol occurred after a Dec. 17, 2008 party at a bar in Mocksville, southwest of Winston-Salem. A patrol veteran who had been promoted to the rank of sergeant earlier that month, White said he consumed about nine beers at the party. He then had a sexual encounter with the wife of Master Trooper Eric B. Perdue, according to the state report.
Perdue was White's subordinate and is listed as a witness to the incident. A third trooper was driving them home.
In an interview last year, White disputed the state's account that he engaged in a sex act, saying that he only remembers kissing the woman and that she was pressing against him in the back of the car. He said Perdue's wife made advances toward him. But, he added, nothing he did was worthy of his being fired.
"She was very impaired that night," White said. "So was her husband. So was I."
As an employee of the state lottery, White is one of six investigators who look into complaints, typically focusing on retailers accused of unfairly operating the game.