COLUMBIA, SC (WBTW) – A former Horry County detective accused of harassing women named in several lawsuits has been offered a plea deal.
Robert Kittle with the SC Attorney General’s Office says Troy Allen Large has until July 21 to either accept or reject the deal.
According to the attorney general’s office, Large has not yet made an official decision.
News13 interviewed Large over the phone Friday morning, and he wouldn’t say whether or not he plans to take the deal.
Instead, he says “we will see what happens in September”, when his case is scheduled to go to trial.
If the matter goes to trial, the criminal case will be in Horry County. Kittle says a tentative court date of September 18, 2017 has been set.
“The truth matters, and I didn’t do it. I’m looking forward to getting it resolved,” said Large on the phone Friday.
The lawsuits against the police department allege Large either sexually assaulted, had inappropriate relations with, or acted inappropriately by using his position of power against the women. The motion suggests the county knew about Large’s actions and did nothing to correct his behavior.
After one of those women settled without going to trial, her attorney, Scott Evans, said they were looking forward to seeing Large in the courtroom for his criminal case.
“One of the most important chapters is yet to come with the criminal case and whether or not she’s called to testify. Again, she’s certainly ready, willing, but I don’t think there will be any closure until there’s closure on the criminal case,” said Evans.
The new deal from the Attorney General’s Office could mean we’ll never see the evidence in that case.
Horry County already settled with two of the women before their cases went to trial. So, we also won’t see their evidence in civil court.
Horry County Solicitor Jimmy Richardson recused himself from the criminal cases against the former Horry County Police employees in January because he says he was too close to officers involved. The attorney general’s office is handling the criminal charges against Large, including six counts of misconduct in office and five counts of criminal sexual conduct.
News13 reached out to Large’s attorney and the attorneys representing women who have made allegations against Large. So far, we haven’t heard back from either.