Bond granted for four former HCPD officers facing misconduct charges

Bond granted for four former HCPD officers facing misconduct charges

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - All four former Horry County police officers indicted in the misconduct investigation into the Horry County Police Department are now out of jail.

Todd Cox, Luke Green, Daryl Williams and Allen Large did not have any comments when they got out of J. Reuben Long Detention Center Tuesday afternoon.

They were taken into custody following their arraignments at 2 p.m. Both Cox and Green had personal recognizance bonds and were able to sign out without paying.

Green is charged with misconduct in office for having inappropriate contact with informants and a suspect.

His attorney, Brad Richardson told the judge the former police sergeant is eager to fight the charges.

He said Green was born in raised in Marion County and was in law enforcement for 22 years after being in the United States Air Force.

Richardson said Green was shocked by the allegations after so many years of service.

He said Green now co-owns a martial arts studio and works as a private investigator.

Richardson said Green has been married to his wife for 21 years.

Green pointed to his wife and told her he loved her when he left the courtroom in custody Tuesday.

Green was granted a $30,000 personal recognizance bond.

Cox's attorney, Morgan Martin, also talked about his family, who were at the arraignment.

Martin said Cox was a long time employee of the Horry County Police Department and a good and competent investigator.

Martin talked about how Cox is recovering from spinal surgery.

The attorney general's office prosecutor told the judge Cox failed to properly investigate 18 cases and unassigned himself from seven cases.

Cox was granted a $35,000 personal recognizance bond.

The judge set the bond for Williams at $35,000 surety, requiring him to pay something to get out.

WMBF News first talked about Williams last year when an Horry County Police Department internal investigation revealed he did not investigate 88 cases, leaving 130 victims without proper justice.

Now, Williams is charged with misconduct in office for mishandling those investigations, according to the South Carolina Attorney General's Office's indictments.

His lawyer, Jeffrey Lucas, told the judge Williams moved to Georgia after resigning from the police department in August 2014.

He added Williams lives there taking care of his mother full-time.

Lucas also said Williams sometimes works as a truck driver, but hurt his hand so he will not be doing that for right now.

Either way, the judge said he was concerned with a potential job that could bring Williams to various states and also the fact that Williams lives out of state.

Lucas assured the judge he will get Williams where he needs to be, but the judge gave him a surety bond.

The judge also gave a surety bond to Allen Large, the former detective who has been the subject of several WMBF News investigations as well as a named defendant in lawsuits alleging sexual assault.

Now, Large is charged with criminal sexual conduct and misconduct in office.

"He is excited about coming to court to defend himself," said Russell Long, Large's attorney.

Long told the judge while he was deciding bond that Large is not a flight risk, has strong ties to the community and even the alleged incidents from the indictments are dated.

"The state would have you believe that these matters happened some time ago but he's still sort of out here walking around," he said. "I would think if he were in fact a threat to the community back then someone would've done something about it. He's not. He's not a threat to the community at all."

The Attorney General's office prosecutor, Kinli Abee, brought up Amy Lawrence, who represents victims in the civil lawsuits to argue for a high bond.

"We beg that you send a message to the community today that while this has been tolerated by the Horry County Police Department for a very, very long time, that it will not be tolerated anymore," Lawrence said.

She said Large was assigned to women's cases and dismissed them almost immediately.

"Detective Large used his badge, his gun and his authority of being a veteran officer with the Horry County Police Department to prey on the most broken, abused and helpless in our community," she said.

She called him the worst kind of criminal, a wolf in sheep's clothing.

"He was supposed to protect these women and bring their assailants to justice and he did none of that," she said. "He became the perpetrator of the most heinous of crimes."

Long said because Lawrence is involved in the civil lawsuits, he wasn't prepared to defend those today.

"She presented an awful lot to the court. I would hope that very little of what she presented would have any swaying in your mind as to whether or not to bond this man out," he said. "He walked himself in here. That's the opposite of a flight risk."

Large's bond was set at $85,000. Large also has to have GPS monitoring and cannot leave his house except to go see his lawyer, go to church or go to doctor's appointments.

Those doctor appointments were noteworthy because his lawyer talked about Large's extensive list of health problems.

He said Large had a heart attack before Christmas last year and is now on an insulin pump, has kidney issues and takes a dozen medications a day.

Sgt. Greg Richardson, of the Horry County Sheriff's Office, said the normal procedures behind setting up home detention take time. He said victims need to be contacted to find out where the live and work, so the GPS monitoring system can be set up to know where their spaces are located. He said the system protects the victims as well as tracking the person who wears it.

One of the judge's bond conditions for all four former officers is no contact with potential witnesses or victims.

Lawrence asked for a no contact order for Large, saying he has stalked one of his victims.

"Leaving notes on her car, sending texts, following her and driving past her home on a regular basis," she said.

All four men pleaded not guilty and asked for jury trials.

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