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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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    rsironron

    about 4 years ago

    5220 Comments

    This was a dumb move on the officer's part, now he may lose his career over a $200.00 dollar check and a plane ticket.

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    Badazz_Rebel_Cop1123

    about 4 years ago

    820 Comments

    What a jackass........nothing is worth giving up ur life long dream or career for!

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    What a shame!

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    slowhand33

    about 4 years ago

    108 Comments

    Unbelievable! A 19 year officer gives up his integrity, career, and makes us all look bad. Jack ass.

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    Deli734

    about 4 years ago

    410 Comments

    This is what people have been pounding into my head...thats why they call it then thin blue line. Way to make us all look bad there idiot

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    LoraSnow

    about 4 years ago

    1348 Comments

    19 years down the drain for $200....how pathetic & greedy. Cage was right...idiot

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    servingproud

    about 4 years ago

    4670 Comments

    I hate the egg in the face......... What an A*s throwing away a career for 200 bucks.

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    sgt457

    about 4 years ago

    1204 Comments

    stupid, stupid, stupid....

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    Perl

    about 4 years ago

    1498 Comments

    Thanks for making ALL cops look stupid, Moron. Enjoy mowing lawns for a living now. Really? You actually took a check too???!!!! YOU are so stupid.
    ~Wf

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    alex11991

    about 4 years ago

    1978 Comments

    Yeah, isnt that "misuse" of information a felony?

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    Well, thanks for black eye... Exactly what we need.
    If guilty, I hope you get everything that's coming to you from the full weight of the law.

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    rhood

    about 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    The use of the system is for LE use only, he knew this and violated the policy and the law by providing information to an unauthorized person, for pay no less. A career and freedom thrown away. STUPID STUPID STUPID !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    cage121709

    about 4 years ago

    32 Comments

    idiot.

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    dslow

    about 4 years ago

    704 Comments

    Gee thanks for the 19 years of half assed service. This can't be the first time that you tripped over that line.

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    alexy

    about 4 years ago

    3970 Comments

    I am pretty sure we can all agree that she had something to do with the guys disappearance.

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