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Sheriff: Officer Gave Up 19-Year Career for $200

Sheriff: Officer Gave Up 19-Year Career for $200

Lakeland Police Officer Troy Young.

The Ledger via YellowBrix

January 26, 2010

A Lakeland police officer was accused Monday of checking license plate numbers for a woman connected to missing Lotto millionaire Abraham Shakespeare.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Troy McKay Young, 42, on charges of unlawful compensation, which is a felony, and misuse of confidential information, a misdemeanor.

“For a check of $200 and a plane ticket for his daughter, he gave up a 19-year career with the Lakeland Police Department,” Polk Sheriff Grady Judd said Monday.

Young was booked into the Polk County Jail on Monday and was released on $5,500 bail. He did not return phone messages left by The Ledger.

Lakeland police Chief Roger Boatner said Young will remain on paid suspension until the department finishes an internal review.

Investigators say Young provided Dorice “DeeDee” Moore of Lakeland with information obtained through law enforcement data bases and that he was paid for the information.

Young admitted he had given Moore information about the identities of vehicle owners after she provided him with tag numbers, PCSO detectives say.

Moore is considered a “person of interest” in the ongoing investigation of Abraham Shakespeare’s disappearance.

According to Young’s arrest report, in December a detective searched Moore’s cell phone, with permission, and found “Troy Young” text messages with Moore’s asking Young to run license tags.

Once, Moore specifically asked, “Check if this is a cop,” the arrest report said.

In that text message asking about a police car, Judd said Moore was asking specifically about a sheriff’s undercover vehicle. “She was off by one digit,” Judd said.

The report said Young admitted being given a plane ticket for his daughter’s use.

The ticket was a Texas-to-Florida round trip, Judd said. He said Moore also gave Young a $200 check.

The ticket was to pay for Young’s checking several tags and for other services. The report said Young did things for Moore such as giving her advice about legal questions and witnessing her opening a safe deposit box.

Shakespeare was reported missing by a family member in November. Investigators said his family and friends told them they hadn’t seen or heard from him since April.

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    rrosaslawenforcement

    about 4 years ago

    46 Comments

    mILKSHOOTER IF YOU KNEW THIS INFORMATION WHY DIDNT YOU SPEAK UP AND BREAK THE CODE OF SILENCE? YOU SAY HES A GOOD GUY AND YET YOU SAY THAT HE GETS THE PERSON TO PAY HIM? WHICH ONE IS IT? HONESTLY, OFFICERS NEED TO SPEAK UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT BECAUSE IF PEOPLE FIND OUT YOU KNEW ABOUT SUCH MATTERS GOING ON YOU COULD BE HELD JUST AS RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT EVER HAPPENS. I JUST DONT THINK IT IS RIGHT TO HIRE PEOPLE LIKE THIS. THERE HAS TO BE A WAY MADE WHERE OFFICERS CAN SPEAK ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON AMONG OFFICERS THAT THEY KNOW IS WRONG AND NOT FEEL AS IF THEY WILL BE JUDGED FOR DOING THE RIGHT THING.

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    Deltaman01

    about 4 years ago

    330 Comments

    sad to see, but something tells me that this happens all the time all around the U.S. (corruption at least)

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    TSPIKES

    about 4 years ago

    40 Comments

    If this is true things will get worse before its over. Officers like this is the reason some people in our communities have trust issues.

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    milkshooter411

    about 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    I knew him, and yes, him and moore were friends outside of work. As it was mentioned in the article, it was for other things, like witnessing opening a safe deposit box. I am quite upset to see this...he was a good man...I have know of a few more then the 5 infractions they spoke of, but lets not tarnish his good name till we here the rest of the details....I have always thought he lived WAY beyond his means...but you never know who is helping somebody these days....He HAS done this kind of stuff before...I have know of him not giving tickets to friends and getting fellow officers to drop or rip up tickets for money....(he gets the person to pay him, and then he talks to the citation officer and gets them to drop it as a courtesy to him)! I was there for 5 years in Lakeland. Polk County, Florida is one of the most corrupt places I have ever been, that is why I am not there anymore!!!! Good Luck Young!

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    357magnum

    about 4 years ago

    406 Comments

    Something smells bad!! Would like to know more. When a person compromises it is like a man soliciting a prostitute and negotiating the price. The lady of the night argues with the man saying "What do you think I am, some cheap whore?" The reply, "Your character has been determined. Now we are just negotiating the price."

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    Ahi

    about 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    Unfortunate to hear.

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    lawdog71

    about 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    I know one agency does not regularly disclose the inner workings of an investigation to another agency, but in a high profile case of a millinaire going missing and Moore a person of interest, Officer Young should have known to keep people like this at a very long distance. Perhaps he and Moore are friends prior to this incident . The article does not say what exactly their relationship was.. The bottom line...Young's ' INTEGRITY and JUDGEMENT were lacking. A 19 year vet should have known better, Rookies out there, a good lesson to be learned. Be Safe All.

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    Ibrahimaq

    about 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    False. The title is a misnomer. The content speaks nothing about a police officer giving up a 19-year career for $200 - of course police officers don't do that. It talks about a police officer leaking confidential information and hoping to get away with it. Now that is downright unprofessional of Troy Young. The force must be cleaned of such.

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    rick1810

    about 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    Shakespeare: "something is rotton in the state ( Lakeland) of Denmark."

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    wb4gad

    about 4 years ago

    28 Comments

    I too think there's more going on here! I hope anyway! not that it would be ok for ANY reason
    but it just doesn't make sense that this officer would throw away a 'career' (esp. in this economy!)
    for $200.00 and a plane ticket... maybe he was financially strapped, and didn't want
    his daughter (the plane ticket?) to know it.? we all make bad choices from time to time,
    but law enforcement officers are proud of their contribution to the community, and enjoy their respect. Why would he jeopardize his position in the community? It has to be something to do with this
    woman ...was there more to their relationship?

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    iHenry

    about 4 years ago

    276 Comments

    It's sad. I think there is more going on here. I wonder if he and the woman are friends or what. Can't believe someone could throw away a career over $200.00 dollars.
    I'm thinking it was more of a personal favor, which doesn't make it any better, but I want to hear more before I start name calling.

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    jdynomit

    about 4 years ago

    212 Comments

    Wow, how can u justify this? not worth it. you cant feel bad for someone throwing it all away! I hope that money can replace your retirement... Stupid

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    Earnestine

    about 4 years ago

    44 Comments

    :( i'm at a lost for words except.............there is something else going on here besides a two hundred dollar check and plane ticket..........

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    mjones0089

    about 4 years ago

    408 Comments

    WOW

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    hope it was worth it.

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