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Dekalb Police Supervisor Fired Over Relationship

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Dekalb Co,  Ga. (WAOK/AJC)-A DeKalb County Police sergeant is looking for another job after he was fired last month for having sex with a subordinate  and taking “inappropriate” pictures with his work cell phone.

DeKalb police spokeswoman Mekka Parish told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Sgt. D.A. Thomas was terminated for a bevy of policy violations including lying to superiors, improper use of county equipment, traveling outside of the county without knowledge and permission of his supervisor while on duty, and neglect of duty.

No disciplinary action has been taken against the woman in the relationship, who has not been identified by police.

An anonymous tip alerted police leaders of alleged misconduct, and Thomas allegedly lied to his superiors when questioned, Parish said.

Authorities demanded to examine the supervisor’s county issued cell phone and found photos of the woman that Parish described simply as “inappropriate.”

“When you are a supervisor, there is that level of responsibility and authority that you have over individuals,” she said. “When you venture outside of that professional relationship with individuals that misconduct can occur.”

More in this report from the AJC

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