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THP says trooper resigns after having sex on duty

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Sgt. James Sells Sgt. James Sells
COOKEVILLE, TN (WSMV-AP) -

A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper has resigned following an internal investigation into allegations of misconduct.

Sgt. James Sells, 45, of Cookeville, faced termination after he was accused of engaging in sexual activity while on duty, being negligent in the performance of his duties and misusing state property and equipment, according to a statement from the THP.

Sells began his career as a trooper in 1998 and served Pickett, Overton and Fentress counties. He was most recently assigned to work in the THP Criminal Investigation Division.

"Tennessee State Troopers are held to a higher standard of conduct. Sgt. Sells' actions have violated the trust of the department and the citizens of Tennessee. We will not tolerate any act that will cast doubt upon the credibility of the Tennessee Highway Patrol," Col. Tracy Trott said in a press release.

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.

Copyright WSMV 2012 (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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