DURHAM - Two former Durham officers who were the focus of an investigation involving alleged on-duty sexual encounters with a prostitute will not face any criminal charges.
"Attorneys with our special prosecutions unit completed their review of the case and determined that there was not enough evidence to prosecute," said Noelle Talley, spokeswoman for the state Department of Justice.
Talley declined further comment about the case.
The investigation began in October when Diana McKinney Denby told Durham police investigators she had repeated sexual encounters with officers. Police began an internal investigation, but on Nov. 6, a chase and shooting incident blew the cover of the investigators.
Two days later, Chief Jose L. Lopez Sr. disclosed that an investigation of "possible sexual misconduct" was under way. Sgt. Keith Cheeks and Officer Demond Gooch were publicly associated with case in January when the department announced their resignations for unspecified misconduct. The attorney general's office took over the case in May from the Durham District Attorney's Office to avoid any conflict of interest.