Three Horry County officers dismissed from lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by former detective

Three Horry County officers dismissed from lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by former detective

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Three Horry County police officers have been dismissed from a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse and misconduct by a former detective.

“It is ordered that this action is hereby dismissed without costs and without prejudice as to defendants Scott Rutherford, William Squires, and Dale Buchanan,” the order filed Wednesday stated.

In 2017, a fourth officer, Thomas Delpercio, was dismissed from the suit. Horry County, the Horry County Police Department and former chief Saundra Rhodes are still named.

The lawsuit, filed by a plaintiff identified as Jane Doe 4, alleges that former HCPD detective Allen Large helped the woman obtain illegal drugs and tried to coerce her into participating in nude, videotaped sexual fetish "catfights."

Rutherford, Delpercio, Squires and Buchanan were all listed as Large’s superior officers in the lawsuit.

In October 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 2015, according to the lawsuit.

Jury trials for both this case and another involving a woman identified as “Jane Doe 3” are currently scheduled for July 24 in federal court.

Large, who died on Jan. 10, 2018, worked for the Horry County Police Department from 1988 through July 31, 2015, when he was fired for sexual harassment, according to county records.

Large denied sexually assaulting anyone, though he admitted to asking rape and domestic violence victims if they wanted to make money by participating in “catfighting” bouts between scantily-clad or nude women that are recorded on video.

Several other lawsuits tied to Large have since been resolved.

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