Report: Trooper retired without investigation into complaint

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Highway Patrol trooper was allowed to retire before a second complaint of improper behavior against him could be investigated.

Two women told The Tennessean newspaper Sergeant Leon King intimidated and propositioned them last year in separate incidents.

King remained on patrol while officials investigated the first complaint, and days after the second incident, the patrol let him retire with his full pension. No investigation was done.       State records also show King was found in 1999 to have used his position to make advances on another woman.

The two women, both truck drivers, said last year's incidents happened at the Brownsville weigh station in West Tennessee.

King, who is an alderman in the town of Brownsville, located about 65 miles northeast of Memphis, declined to comment.

Two other troopers have also recently been accused of inappropriate behavior with women.       Highway Patrol commander Colonel Mike Walker said King probably should have been put on leave after the first complaint last January.

King retired before the department could conduct an internal investigation into the second incident.

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