KSP Trooper under investigation has been in trouble before

Published: Sep. 23, 2014 at 3:21 PM EDT|Updated: Jan. 13, 2015 at 4:21 PM EST
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WADDY, KY (WAVE) - A Kentucky State Trooper is under investigation and it's not the first time.

Kentucky State Police Internal Affairs Section is investigating the conduct of Trooper Mitch Harris, a 12-year veteran, after an undercover camera investigation found Harris was collecting overtime pay for patrols he apparently wasn't showing up for.

On three consecutive shifts Trooper Harris radioed in from his house putting him on the clock just before 6 a.m., then did not leave until after 8 a.m.

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Where Harris went next is a mystery, but where it does not look like he went is the Shelby County work zone he was getting paid overtime to patrol.

We spent hours driving the area ourselves and from what we saw Harris never found his way there.

One place Harris should not have any problem finding is his way to the KSP Internal Affairs Section. He has been in trouble before.

Harris was suspended for inappropriate conduct with a woman, although the exact nature of the incident remains unclear.

Internal Affairs investigated Harris for a 2012 incident in which Harris allegedly "conducted himself in an inappropriate manner with a female" according to an internal document obtained from Kentucky State Police. Harris was suspended without pay for two days for conduct unbecoming.

KSP refused to release records of that investigation, saying they weren't covered under the open records act. A department spokesman wouldn't elaborate when we asked for more details about Harris had done.

"We're not at liberty to discuss internal matters of discipline," said Sgt. Michael Webb.

A second internal memo obtained by the WAVE 3 News Troubleshooter Department said only that the incident occurred in Shelby County and there was not evidence to support any type of criminal charge.

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Harris served his two day suspension and was immediately reinstated. His rank as Senior Trooper, still unchanged, even as he faces new questions.

In addition to the undercover video, records show on 14 days since 2012 Harris collected work zone overtime without writing a single ticket. Records show eight and even 10 hour shifts where Harris didn't issue as much as a warning.

When asked if Harris should still be a member of the department, Sgt. Webb declined to offer an opinion.

"That's not a question I would speculate and answer," he said.

KSP says there's no time table for the internal affairs investigation into Harris' work zone over time.

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