High court backs trooper in off-duty sex case

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

The state Supreme Court says an Alaska State Trooper who had consensual sex with a domestic violence victim hours after helping arrest her husband should not have been fired.

Reports say the 3-2 court opinion issued last Friday upheld results of arbitration in 2010 between the troopers' union and the Department of Public Safety and the state's subsequent appeal to the high court.

The justices in the majority said if they were deciding the case, they would have likely decided the state has just cause to fire the trooper. However, there is no policy in place in Alaska to fire someone for off-duty sex with a crime victim.

The unnamed trooper later lost his certification in another manner and is no longer with the agency.