Woman claims former detective sexually assaulted her, provided her money for drugs

Woman claims former detective sexually assaulted her, provided her money for drugs
Former HCPD detective Allen Large gives a deposition regarding lawsuits against him. (Source: Southern Reporting)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A fourth woman has filed a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse and misconduct by a former Horry County Police detective, who she says also helped her obtain illegal drugs and tried to coerce her into participating in nude, videotaped sexual fetish "catfights."

The woman, identified only as Jane Doe 4, has filed the suit not against former detective Allen Large, but against several high-ranking members of the Horry County Police Department, including former Chief Saundra Rhodes, former Deputy Chief Scott Rutherford, and Large's other supervising officers: Thomas Delpercio, William Squires and Dale Buchanan. Horry County and HCPD are also named as defendants.

The lawsuit claims that Jane Doe 4 developed an addiction to narcotics after graduating high school, and in the fall of 2014, Large called her and said he was concerned about her narcotics abuse. Large allegedly demanded that Jane Doe 4 allow him to visit her at her home, and she believed she was being visited by Large in his capacity as a detective with the Major Crimes Unit of Horry County Police, in connection to a possible criminal investigation into her drug use.

After the initial visit, Large continued to visit Jane Doe 4's house on a regular basis, and despite his purported concern for her drug use, he later provided her with money and transportation to obtain narcotics, the suit alleges.

In October of 2014, Large visited Jane Doe 4's residence and allegedly engaged in a non-consensual sexual act, the lawsuit states. After that, Large allegedly continued to contact her on a daily basis, demanding that she engage in nude fetish catfights. This contact continued through January of the following year.

Large ceased contact with Jane Doe 4 after finding out that she had entered into a narcotics rehabilitation program, the suit alleges.

The lawsuit names Horry County and the HCPD as defendants, claiming gross negligence in that they failed to exercise care to protect Jane Doe 4 from harm at the hands of personnel, failed to exercise care in training and supervising personnel, failing to institute proper policy regarding hiring and evaluating officers, among a litany of other claims.

The suit makes similar claims against Rhodes, Rutherford, and Large's other supervisors, stating that they had knowledge that Large was the subject of several investigations involving allegations of sexual assault, and took no action to terminate him or prevent his continued interaction with female victims of crimes.

Large is not listed as a defendant, so he did not know about the lawsuit until WMBF News asked him for comment Tuesday afternoon.

He said until he figures out who Jane Doe Four is, he really has no idea what the lawsuit is in reference to. Large did say he did not give a woman money for drugs.

The lawsuit, filed on August 12, is the latest of a string of lawsuits filed by alleged victims of Large. To date, three other victims who identified themselves as Jane Doe 1, Jane Doe 2, and Jane Doe 3, have filed lawsuits through the Evans Law Firm.

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."

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."

Large recently filed a countersuit against Jane Doe 3, an alleged victim, asserting that Large played no role in arranging the nude catfight, and that video shows Jane Doe 3 voluntarily entering into the match without any coercion.

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