Tenn. Trooper Accused of Tryst Fired
Thursday, May 24, 2007; 10:18 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A state trooper accused of letting a drug charge slide in exchange for oral sex from a porn star has been fired, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said Thursday.
The state also is considering criminal charges against James Randy Moss related to her claims that he threw away her bottle of prescription pills before their alleged encounter, Department of Safety spokesman Mike Browning said.
Moss has not indicated whether he would contest his firing and did not immediately return a message left at his home Thursday evening.
Moss was suspended earlier this week while the THP investigated the claims from the woman, who goes by stage name Barbie Cummings.
The department received an internal complaint about the allegations that were described on the porn star's blog. The blog has been temporarily moved to another Web address and did not carry a full description of the tryst Thursday night.
Cummings, 21, has not returned calls for comment.
According to the citation issued by Moss, he stopped the woman's pink Honda Accord for speeding outside Nashville on May 7. The citation identifies the woman by her legal name, Justis Richert.
The woman wrote on her blog that when the officer asked her if she had drugs in the car, she admitted to having some "happy pills." Moss' citation does not mention finding any illegal narcotics in the car.
The woman wrote that she told the officer that she made dirty movies, and they watched sex videos from her Web site using a laptop computer in his patrol car. He took the pills and scattered them in the brush beside the highway, she said.
"Then he asks me, what does it cost for someone like me to get anything like you," she wrote.
She described performing oral sex on the officer outside his car in a secluded area. Photos that appear to be video stills she said he took during the incident and posted on her blog show her face but nothing that identifies the man as a trooper.