Third Butner officer fired in trooper scandal


Major Anthony W. Moss was dismissed Monday for personal conduct violations.

An investigation revealed Butner officers took Captain James Williams Jr. of the Highway Patrol to a hotel instead of arresting him on suspicion of DWI. Officers did not file any charges against Williams nor were any sobriety tests administered.

Williams was let go last month for personal conduct violations. Capt. Walter B. Williams and Lt. Daniel C. Parrott, both of Butner Public Safety, were dismissed for job performance and personal conduct violations.

Multiple sources have told ABC11 that Williams was stopped after he was spotted driving erratically in his own car on I-85 near Butner.

Before he was fired, Williams was in charge of all field activity in Troop C, which covers 14 counties.

“The officers involved in this incident failed to enforce the law and abide by their oaths of office, and we cannot tolerate that,” said Chief Wayne Hobgood of Butner Public Safety. “The public trust was betrayed along with our commitment to serve and protect the citizens of this community.”

“Our officers are held to high standards and we expect no less,” Hobgood said. “I have personally met with each and every member of this department since the incident occurred and have made clear my expectations and the repercussions for not meeting them.”

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