Detective fired for admitted sexual contact with witness in Dep. Goforth case

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The detective relieved of duties in the Deputy Darren Goforth murder case may go before a disciplinary panel has now been fired. (KTRK)

The detective relieved of duties in the Deputy Darren Goforth murder case has now been fired.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office sent out a statement Friday, a day after a disciplinary hearing involving Sgt. Craig Clopton. Clopton admitted to engaging in consensual sexual conduct with a witness to Goforth's murder. She is the same woman who claims she was having an affair with the slain deputy.

"The committee was presented with the Internal Affairs Bureau findings from the inquiry into the actions of Homicide Investigator Sgt. Craig Clopton," said Sheriff Hickman. "The Disciplinary Committee later made a recommendation to terminate Sgt. Clopton."

Clopton has the right to appeal the termination.

Attempts at reaching Clopton for comment were unsuccessful. At his home Friday afternoon, someone quickly closed the blinds on a front window and shut the garage door when an Eyewitness News crew approached.
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