Victim claims former Horry Co. detective took her to nude ‘catfights’ in NC

Victim claims former Horry Co. detective took her to nude ‘catfights’ in NC

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Another female victim has filed a lawsuit against former detective Allen Large and the Horry County Police Department, claiming Large took her to Ashville, N.C., to participate in "nude, sexual-fetish 'catfights.'"

The lawsuit, filed on June 13, also claims Large engaged in a pattern of unwanted sexual advances, and that while several high-ranking members of the police department knew of these incidents, as well as allegations of sexual advances by Large on other female victims, they failed to take action against him.

The victim in the lawsuit is identified as "Jane Doe 3," as she is the third woman represented by the Evans Law Firm to file a lawsuit against Large and the HCPD.

It states that in 1996, after she was beaten and shot five times by her husband at the time, then-Det. Large was assigned to investigate her case, and her husband was arrested for assault and battery. It took over 24 months to adjudicate the case, during which time Large would appear at the victim's home, "encourage her to get in shape, and make inappropriate sexual comments," the lawsuit claims.

The victim moved out of the state and returned in 2003 to provide care for her aging grandmother. In 2015, the victim's second husband threatened to kill her, and Large was again assigned to investigate the case and act as a victim advocate on her behalf, the suit states.

Throughout the winter of 2015, Large showed up at the victim's home unannounced and offered to help, "get her on her feet," but did not discuss the assault, the suit states. Large coerced the victim to participate in nude, sexual-fetish "catfights," and on at least one occasion, took the victim to Ashville to participate in the catfight while he videotaped the encounter, according to the lawsuit.

Large also allegedly engaged in a pattern of unwanted sexual advances, while using his police-issued vehicle and displaying his HCPD badge and firearm.

The lawsuit claims that several high-ranking members of HCPD knew of Large's alleged misconduct, including then-Chief Saundra Rhodes, former Deputy Chief Scott Rutherford, Sgt. Thomas Delpercio of the Major Crimes Unit, former HCPD Lt. William Squires and Capt. Dale Buchanan of the Criminal Investigations Division. The suit alleges they failed to take any action against Large, allowing him to continue to abuse female crime victims and suspects.

Two other victims have filed suits through the Evans Law Firm making similar claims about Large and the HCPD employees.

Attorney James B. Moore of the law firm has previously provided this statement: "We believe this detective preyed on the most vulnerable of women, exploiting his police badge to keep them quiet. It's downright shameful. I applaud Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 for shedding light on this injustice. Unfortunately, we expect more women to come forward in the coming months."

Large told a WMBF News Reporter Tuesday he's looking forward to addressing these matters both civilly and criminally if he does ever get charged. He said he has nothing to hide and he stands by his innocence.

Horry County Spokesperson Lisa Bourcier previously provided this comment when asked about another related lawsuit: "It is county policy not to provide any commentary on matters relating to any pending litigation."

Rhodes' attorney, Bert von Hermann, said Rhodes is not aware of the Jane Doe 3 lawsuit at this point, but she maintains she has done nothing wrong in the cases for the several lawsuits.

He said the incorporation of supervisors on lawsuits is common, but he said it's more of a procedural matter. He said he doesn't anticipate her involvement in the lawsuits as they move forward in through the legal system.

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