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Sheriff's sergeant contests firing after guilty plea

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May 9, 2012 at 7:47 am

ST. CLOUD, MN (KNSI) - A Stearns County Sheriff's Department sergeant who pleaded guilty this week to a sexual misconduct charge and providing alcohol to a minor will be able to contest his subsequent firing from his job.

Philip Meemken is being fired by Sheriff John Sanner. A letter was written Tuesday informing him of that decision. Sanner says he'd like the firing to be immediate, but a labor agreement between the county and its deputies requires a hearing in about a week at which Meemken can challenge his dismissal.

Meemken has been on paid administrative leave since the allegations first surfaced in December 2009. Since that time, he's been paid more than $237,000 in salary and benefits--including $183,000 in base pay.

The lawyer representing the three teenage girls in the Meemken case told the St. Cloud Times Tuesday that he is considering a civil lawsuit against Meemken.

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