Judge upholds firing of NCCU officer for selling adult toys on campus

From staff reportsDecember 22, 2011 

A state administrative judge this week upheld the firing of an N.C. Central University police officer who was selling sex toys and a sexual enhancement potion called "Magic Power Coffee" while on duty.

Lt. Michael Shaw, a member of the NCCU police force for six years, was fired in August 2010 after a female officer reported Shaw sold two sex toys to her four months earlier from his car on the university campus. An investigation found he had sold the sexual enhancement potion to two other officers while on campus, and email messages also showed that Shaw was hawking the potion on the university's system.

University officials said Shaw, who had a history of poor performance, was fired for unacceptable personal conduct and for using the university email system to hawk sexually oriented items.

Shaw said he should not have been fired because he sold the items to the officer during his break time, and the materials weren't pornographic.

Senior Administrative Judge Fred Morrison found that Shaw had no grounds to be reinstated. The recommendation now goes to the State Personnel Commission, which could adopt it or make a different ruling.

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