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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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  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago


    I agree with matsnap to he thought wrong or like he said he was to arrogant to see what he was doing just plain crazy a good cop gone bad whats wrong with us today it takes one to make us look bad.....

  • Avatar_max50


    over 5 years ago


    I agree with matsnap.

  • Img_0490_max50


    over 5 years ago


    He never thought about the consequences, or the man is very arrogant. He probably thought that nobody could catch him. Sounds like he's going to be an ex-officer.

  • Sfa_iv_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Sad....What was on his mind really?
    I agree chiefmillian..

  • Metroguard_emblem_max50


    over 5 years ago


    What a waste of a good career. What a blackeye!!

  • Snoopy_18_max50


    over 5 years ago


    I have to agree. chiefmillan is right on the money. Who the hell do these dirty cops think they are. While the majority of Officers do a great job, you have these "schmucks" dishonoring heroes. I thought LEO's were to protect and serve citizens not themselves!!!!! craig0088 hope it was ok to borrow your word for these folks!

  • Az_hp_plymouth_fury_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Like most of you have already stated....what a freakin waste! Can you say, "you want fries with that? Drive through to the second window". Sad and tragic.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago

    I am SICK to DEATH of hearing of bad cops betraying the badge that my sister and brother officers are dying for with gallantry in sadly record-high numbers. This dishonors our fallen. I hope $200 and a ticket to where-the-heckever was worth loss of this career cop's reputation, pension and a career. DISGUSTING! Act like you are being videotaped 24 & 7 and that your grandmother or nephew or whoever who looks up to you is always watching people. Geez!

    Chiefs and sheriffs: WE (myself included) need to work to ensure that we recruit, hire, train and retain only honest and example-setting cops. All of us with a badge from a 1st day rookie to veteran officer or detective or a captain on up to chief or sheriff ALL need to police our own ranks and make it clear: We do not condone or tolerate corruption. Cops don't lie, cheat, steal or abuse nor do we tolerate those who do. West Point honor code works for me, along with the law enforcment code of ethics 24 & 7. Live by it or be a 3rd shift french fry tech at McDonalds; they are always hiring.

    Here endeth the lesson!

  • 45089_396847393722850_1055776862_n_max50


    over 5 years ago


    The old cliche "what were you thinking?!!!" What a shame. Now, there's an open position for someone else to fill.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago

    Bad decision!

  • Me3_max50


    over 5 years ago


    i don't think they teach that in the academy !!!! WOW 19 YEARS .....

  • Cot_max50


    over 5 years ago



  • 026_max50


    over 5 years ago


    What a waste.

  • Gas_mask_1_max50


    over 5 years ago


    It sounds to me like Mr. Young has a certain "interest" in Ms. Moore and perhaps that may explain the sudden disappearance...

  • On_the_job_002_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Dumb!! this not even close to being worth the loss. Shameful !!

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