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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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    Gabriangel7

    over 4 years ago

    16 Comments

    This goes to the one allegedly called: ABBA147
    who in about about 14 hours ago

    made this dumb comment:

    Instead of calling this X-cop a Judas, jackass etc, etc why not feel sorry for him. He threw is career away for something stupid. Somewhere in his career he did something good. He is going to pay for his actions. I wonder how many people who comment here are actually active cops and understand the shit we go through. Remember the things you did when you were a cop when you make a comment. Again he and his family will pay for their actions. I make these statements because I am actually a fifteen year street cop
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    There is no excuse for what he did and any one that backs up this disgrace of a man let alone an officer, must too be a bad cop to approve and justify such an act.

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    David4946

    over 4 years ago

    1326 Comments

    Sorry to hear this but I'm glad another bad egg is going to be fired from the profession I love

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    propbraker

    over 4 years ago

    894 Comments

    I wonder if he did anything else? I hope not.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    This is so unfortunate!!!!!!! Another blow to the police community!!!!!!!!

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    nightwatch

    over 4 years ago

    356 Comments

    what a waste of a career

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    ArizonaCop928

    over 4 years ago

    62 Comments

    Very Dumb!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    I hope she was worth it...

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    Whalewatcher

    over 4 years ago

    11190 Comments

    Bet he got more than the check and airline ticket for his actions, even though it wasn't mentioned here.

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    Grafton817

    over 4 years ago

    734 Comments

    Such a waste.

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    Talon

    over 4 years ago

    638 Comments

    So much for trying for a quick buck ... congratulations on your DA Award for the year!

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    chrissanders

    over 4 years ago

    5232 Comments

    D. A.

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    david_j9

    over 4 years ago

    256 Comments

    Moron...

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    bat001

    over 4 years ago

    82 Comments

    Stupid.

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    fireprotom

    over 4 years ago

    1824 Comments

    They told us in the academy along time ago that the stupidest things have the biggest consequences. Too sad, and too dumb!

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    Japasa2255

    over 4 years ago

    42 Comments

    What a waste and another chink out of all our armor.

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