Grand Jury indicts four former Horry County police officers

Grand Jury indicts four former Horry County police officers
(Source: WMBF News)
(Source: WMBF News)
Troy Allen Large (Source: WMBF News)
Troy Allen Large (Source: WMBF News)
Luke Green (Source: Facebook)
Luke Green (Source: Facebook)

COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) - The South Carolina Attorney General announced indictments Friday against four former officers with the Horry County Police Department, including former detective Troy Allen Large.

Large was indicted on six counts of misconduct in office and five counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. He has been the subject of a WMBF News investigation since March. Large was terminated July 31, 2015 after an internal investigation into sexual harassment allegations.

Through WMBF's investigation it was uncovered that Large is named in or involved in five different lawsuits against Horry County police.

The indictments allege Large knowingly used coercion to engage in sexual battery with several victims and knowingly engaged in inappropriate relationships with victims of cases he was investigating.

Over the phone, Large said, "I am looking forward to getting this out in the open. I maintain that I didn't harm anyone."

An attorney for some of the victims who have filed civil lawsuits against Large, also released a statement:

"We are pleased that he has been indicted and will face a jury of his peers. Our clients are also pleased with the way SLED and the Attorney General's Office has handled this case throughout the entire process. Despite their previous experiences with the Horry County Police Department, our clients have full faith and trust in the civil justice system as well as the criminal justice system.We hope that yesterday's indictments send a clear message that this kind of behavior cannot, and will not, be tolerated."

Other former officers indicted include Darryl Williams, Todd Cox and Luke Green.

Williams was indicted on nine counts of misconduct in office. Cox was indicted on 16 counts of misconduct in office. Green was indicted on three counts of misconduct in office.

Williams is accused of knowingly failing to properly investigate alleged crimes and using his county vehicle and county paid time to work for the state.

The indictments allege Cox knowingly closed cases without proper investigation, and Green is accused of an inappropriate sexual relationship with an informant.

Each of these officers are subjects of previous WMBF News investigations.

Each charge is punishable by up to ten years in prison for each count.

Horry County Administrator Chris Eldridge released the following statement on the indictments Friday morning:

The allegations as detailed in the S.C. Attorney's indictments, if found to be true, represent behavior grossly contrary to the standards and mission of Horry County government. What inspired SLED's involvement in these cases was the discovery by County administration of improper conduct on the part of several officers,  leading to a request by us that SLED conduct a thorough investigation, which investigation ultimately led to these indictments.

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