Two Richmond police officers were dismissed from the force Tuesday after the Richmond City Commission found each guilty of conduct unbecoming an officer, Chief Larry Brock said.
The commission dismissed Sgt. James "J.J." Rogers and Patrolman Garry Murphy after a two-day administrative hearing. The charges stemmed from the officers' involvement in a group sexual encounter with a woman that later led to charges of intimidating or tampering with a witness. A third officer, Patrolman Brian Hensley, who was present at the encounter, resigned.
A jury acquitted the three men of witness tampering in March. Murphy also was acquitted of misdemeanor assault.
Brock told the commission he did not want the suspended officers to return to service. Rogers had been with the force 10 years and Murphy seven, Brock said.
"I think it puts this matter to rest and we can move on," Brock said of the commission's decision. "Hopefully it restores some of the public's trust in the department that has been damaged by this whole affair."