AG office reviews Durham PD sex case


A complete investigative report and DNA test results were given to the Special Prosecutions Section of the Attorney General's Office this week.

After a prostitute claimed she performed sex acts for at least two officers, the Durham Police Department's Special Operations Division launched an undercover criminal investigation in October 2007. According the department, a lengthy investigation failed to support the woman's claims. At that time, DNA test results were pending. Sources tell Eyewitness News the lab results came back negative.

Whether the former officers will face criminal charges is now up to the Attorney General's Office. Durham District Attorney David Saacks said he referred the case to the Attorney General because of a conflict of interest within his office.

At least two officers, former Sergeant Keith Cheeks and former Officer Demond Gooch, resigned from the department during the internal probe. Investigators uncovered misconduct unrelated to the prostitute's claims that forced them to leave their job.

"The individuals who we thought were involved have left the department,"said Chief Jose Lopez. "The reality is that this is a very good department. The fact that we are willing to face up and investigate these issues when they arise really lends to the integrity of the organization."

The Attorney General's Office declined to comment on when it would complete its review of the case.

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