Let us specify up front that if these allegations are correct, the trooper should be fired.
A state trooper has been assigned to desk duty after a Catawba County judge issued a domestic violence protective order requiring him to stay 100 yards away from a former girlfriend.
According to court records, the woman contends that Senior Trooper Sean “Bobby” Lineberger stalked her in his patrol car and that he ran checks on the license plate numbers of people she spent time with.
In her court filing, Erin Lee Banks included pages of text and Facebook messages in which the trooper called her a “whore” and other derogatory names, even as she repeatedly asked to be left alone.
Banks also claims Lineberger bought her drinks at a Mexican eatery where he asked her to date him again. After she declined and left in her car, Banks claims Lineberger had another trooper pull her on her way home.
If that’s what he really did, then his swift and ignominious exit from the State Highway Patrol is nothing more than he deserves. At a minimum his best friend would also deserve the most severe sanctions short of dismissal.
Of course, then I read about what she did.
In a lawsuit filed in December, Lineberger claims Banks falsely told him he was the father of her baby born last summer. The trooper was identified as the baby’s father on the birth certificate and the child has his last name.
But Lineberger claims he grew suspicious because the infant “does not bear any resemblance to” him or his family, so he had a DNA test performed. The results ruled him out as the father, according to the complaint.
Um, WTF? According to the story, the trooper alternated between demanding repayment of child support and getting back together.
It sounds to me that they both deserve each other. She works for Catawba County, in the Justice Center. I think that we would do well to dismiss both of them.