A grand jury indicted several Horry County police officers Thursday on misconduct charges related to sex with various informants, victims and at least one suspect or for failure to investigate other cases.
The Grand Jury charged former detective Troy Large with six counts of Misconduct in Office and five counts of criminal sexual conduct third degree. A report from the Attorney General’s office claims that Large, “knowingly used coercion to engage in sexual battery with multiple victims and knowingly engaged in inappropriate relationships with victims of cases he was investigating.” Criminal sexual conduct is a felonious offense that is punishable up to 10 years in prison.
Also indicted Thursday were other officers Darryl Williams, Todd Cox and Luke Green.
The Horry County Police Department and several of its current and former leaders are already facing a lawsuit which claims they were aware of accusations against Large, but failed to act. The lawsuit claims Large sexually assaulted a rape victim in his county-owned vehicle, among other accusations. The lawsuit also claims leaders in the department were given video evidence of the detective acting inappropriately.
County officials said Friday that the indictments handed down this week stemmed from a State Law Enforcement Division investigation they requested. “Horry County Police Department starts with new leadership at the top this Monday with the arrival of Chief Joe Hill,” County Administrator Chris Eldridge said in a statement. “Chief Hill’s focus will be continuing the review of accountability measures for officers.”
Previous police chief Saundra Rhodes retired in May. She has been named in the lawsuits.
Officer Green was charged with three counts of misconduct in office also relating to instances of sexual conduct while on duty. Green is reported to have had a sexual relationship with an informant in 2014 as well as having criminal sexual conduct with a suspect during a prostitution arrest. In a deposition, Large denied coercing women into sex.
Meanwhile, the grand jury also brought 16 counts of misconduct in office against Todd Cox and nine more against officer Darryl Williams.
Cox is accused of closing at least 18 cases without conducting a proper investigation, including five cases involving accusations of criminal sexual conduct of a minor, and assigning himself off of cases before an investigation was completed. Williams was also charged with improperly closing three sexual assault cases among the 88 the indictment states he closed without a full investigation. It also claims Williams worked for other state agencies while on duty.
It was not clear in the indictments if the various sexual conduct cases listed for each officer were connected, or if they involved separate investigations.
Under South Carolina state law, misconduct in office is a misdemeanor offense and punishable for up to 10 years for each count.