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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

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.

Shakespeare took a lump-sum payout of about $17 million after winning the lottery in 2007.

Moore has told The Ledger she helped Shakespeare disappear at his request. She said he was trying to get away from people who were constantly pestering him for money.

Young isn’t the only one negatively impacted by his arrest, Judd said. “It’s one more chip of wood on the stack for DeeDee Moore.”

There are two emotional events that police departments have to endure, Chief Boatner said.

“Lakeland police in the last 10 days have been involved with both of them: the death of a police officer and the arrest of a police officer.”

Officer Charlie Dallas died Jan. 18 in a car accident.

He said Young’s actions will be debated by the police department, by people and in court.

As those conversations unfold, Boatner said, “We have 225 sworn officers who do good work every day. I hope people don’t forget that.”

Young, who has been with LPD since 1990, was suspended with pay Jan. 8 when Lakeland Police supervisors learned he was under investigation by the Sheriff’s Department.

In nearly 20 years with the department, Young, whose salary is $57,990 per year, had never been suspended.

He had been warned or had received counseling for personnel issues on five occasions, his file shows. Three of those five times were for vehicle operation.

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Young has earned 16 awards and commendations during that same time.

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    over 4 years ago


    I guess he needed something to hold the dougnut while he had both hands on the wheel

  • Pict0083_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Does one bonehead move negate all the good he has done?

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    over 4 years ago


    I read a phrase yesterday that fits this to a "T".
    You can choose your actions, but you can't choose the consequences. Maybe if MR. Young had thought of this, he'd still have a job and self respect. The rest of you guys stay safe out there.

  • 100_5750_max50


    over 4 years ago


    $200 and a plane ticket was not his motive for sure. What was he's real motive than?

  • Reaper2_max50


    over 4 years ago


    bookem danno

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    over 4 years ago



  • 432nd_tfw_patch_max50


    over 4 years ago


    So close to being honored as a retired officer and he gets greedy and dishonest. Shame. This doesn't dissuade me from being grateful to all the other officers doing their duty and providing service to my family every day. Thanks guys.

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    over 4 years ago


    I doubt it was just $200. What are the odds that this was the first time?

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Actually money is not the root of all evil. If it is, then why are we working so hard to get it? The actual scripture reads "For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil." 1 Tim 6:10 NIV. The main issue that this officer has disgraced the other members of his department and every other law enforcement agency. Put the smackdown on him and throw in jail and let him there.

  • News_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Hate to be negative and non supportive but let all of us not act dumb. A 19 year veteran of the Sheriff's Office...come on....this guy has taken money before. Only this time, he got caught. He deserves whatever he gets and his pension should be the first thing taken away. This guy makes ALL COPS look bad.

  • News_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Hate to be negative and non supportive but let all of us not act dumb. A 19 year veteran of the Sheriff's Office...come on....this guy has taken money before. Only this time, he got caught. He deserves whatever he gets and his pension should be the first thing taken away. This guy makes ALL COPS look bad.

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    over 4 years ago


    If this is found true it puts a black eye on honest officer's who are out doing the job they are paid for.
    I am a 30 year retired police officer from Ft Lauderdale Fl,and I have to much pride in my profession and my fellow officer's to make stupid mistakes like the one he did. If he is found guilty he deserved the punishment he gets.

  • M_60c511c4eabf70b03a086bb0b781cd49_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Money is the Root of all evil !!! And Stupid shit tends to follow!

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    over 4 years ago


    Henry1971, that is the excess used in Mexico from those thieving bastards. I and the other million honest cops out there don't do this job, put up with all the bullshit, false complaints and dealing with the death and violence for the money, or to try to make money, we do it because this is what we are. Every now-and-then someone gets in that does not have any business wearing a badge and being entrusted with the honor of being able to say, “I'm a cop.” But like all worthless turds in a toilet they always float to the surface. Takes some longer than others, but they all turn up sooner or later. I only hope this disgrace get the maximum time in prison.

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    over 4 years ago


    Caught up in the hype he made the choice to be used. Shame on him and the tarnish he spilled on his shield, and his betrayal of the oath. Do the deed, reap the reward.

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