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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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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Stupid. What would make you do that? Its ridiculous!

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    akeribear

    over 4 years ago

    2286 Comments

    How stupid can you be. It does feel like we are missing part of the story here. Why would you throw away your career fro something that you could have paid for yourself with the pay you were getting.

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    bikecop45

    over 4 years ago

    206 Comments

    I can't believe this officer or any other officer would conspire with any non-law enforcement personnel, without a need to know, access DMV information for profit or personal use. This could have endangered the life of a fellow officer. From the story content, it appears the Moore female was accessing officer vehicle information. What if she were connected to a larger organized crime network of information and conducting her activity, profiting at a higher rate than she was paying the Lakewood officer $200.00 to run their department DMV confidential plates? What about the department vicarious liability if such an event lead to the injury or death of another Lakeland or other agency officer? I hope others learn from this Lakeland officers potentially tragic mistake.

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    DarkBlue

    over 4 years ago

    4880 Comments

    Stupid !!

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    SkoolCop

    over 4 years ago

    4582 Comments

    Modern day "Judas"

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    orangebomber01

    over 4 years ago

    1008 Comments

    Way to go Jackass!

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    Gabriangel7

    over 4 years ago

    16 Comments

    He looks more like a criminal then a Sheriff, that idiot might have done it for a pack of gum and a cigarette, or maybe there's a lot more to this story then told, maybe he was thinking that she would have cut him in the 17mil when Abraham Shakespeare was found its irrelevant.. what ever the allegations just remember It wasn't his first time; 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.
    I mean come on people just because we carry a badge and have a higher position it doesn't mean that we are above the law, and can brake the rules thereof, it just means we have much more responsibilities and should uphold the law as God in heaven who created it, would want for us to establish unity within it.
    Be an example, and a role model for those around you, not the opposite and remember respect the law, respect those around you, and especially respect yourself.

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    Djfludd

    over 4 years ago

    230 Comments

    Note to self: Next time your in I.A.D cause some cry-baby gang banger, or combative crack head says you were not gentle enough on your take down, remember it's idiots like this that make Internal Affairs Division a necessary evil.

    Hope you enjoy the 30 pieces of silver judas.

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    Sephiroth

    over 4 years ago

    206 Comments

    Here I am drawing unemployment with a family of five,while going to school,and would give my right arm to be in Law Enforcement and this guy pisses a career away for $200.00. What a joke. Just pathetic.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    I would have to agree 100% strike_force this is horrible and of the 4 counties I lived in the past 6 yrs I have already seen so many more people just like this...... How can you work somewhere you cant be sure if they're gonna have your back and uphold the moral code and just being there for their fellow officers, let along throwing your department out to get screwed on this case!? Makes me appreciate the men and women that are true to their career and die for it!!

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    extremeforce1

    over 4 years ago

    70 Comments

    THIS GUY MADE A TERRIBLE MISTAKE.NOT ONLY HAS HE LET ALL HIS FELLOW LEO'S DOWN BUT HE LET HIMSELF DOWN.I DONT KNOW THE CERCUMSTANCES FOR WITCH HE FELT THIS WAS OK TO DO BUT IM SURE HE NOW REALIZES HOW WRONG IT WAS.ITS A GOOD THING ONE BAD APPLE DOESNT REFLECT WHAT THE REST OF THE ORCHARD HAS TO OFFER.BE SMART AND BE SAFE PEOPLE

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    strike_force

    over 4 years ago

    356 Comments

    The guy who betrayed the Spartans at the battle of Thermopylae for gold was called Efialtis (nightmare). Young is the 2010 version of Efialtis, he betrayed his beliefs, his uniform and most of all his brothers in arms for a few bucks. No words can describe him espiecially since there are officers killed on the line of duty honoring the force.

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    chiefkcr

    over 4 years ago

    3614 Comments

    What part of do not disseminate. don't Officers understand. We have an Officer in a department in this area going thru the same sort of thing and for what ? The loss of everything,that's what !

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    wiseass0282

    over 4 years ago

    10984 Comments

    Stupid move on the Officers part. And it will cost him everything he has worked for.

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    Robocop33

    over 4 years ago

    14618 Comments

    Idiot! Makes you wonder what else he has done during his career that was unethical and/or illegal. As for his 'paid' suspension, that should be unpaid!

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