The lawyers representing several women in a sex crimes lawsuit against the Horry County Police Department are against a potential seven-month delay in the pending court trial, according to federal court documents filed Friday.
The county and police department want the trial date moved from Oct. 30 to June 1, and also asked for more time to complete other court deadlines including depositions.
Although depositions have been taken with all three of the Jane Doe women, no depositions have been given by former Police Chief Saundra Rhodes and Thomas Delpercio, a former police official.
According to the documents filed Friday, the depositions for the two police officials were canceled by lawyers representing the county just days before the interviewing sessions were scheduled to occur June 22.
Rhodes recently told The Sun News she was ready and willing to be deposed, but that its cancellation was beyond her control.
It is not known when the judge will rule on the county’s request to delay court procedures and the trial date.
Meanwhile, three days of mediation to settle the cases are set to begin at the federal courthouse in Florence on Wednesday.
Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks was asked by the county to give all sides until January to complete the discovery process, which includes depositions.
The lawsuits center around Allen Large, a former county detective, who is accused of sexually assaulting or harassing the women known as Jane Doe 2, Jane Doe 3 and Jane Doe 4.
The lawsuits were filed last summer, and state that Large tried to pressure the women into participating in a sub genre of pornography called catfighting.
All three of the women have faced questioning by lawyers in depositions for a total of 12 hours, and three of the county defendants have undergone depositions for a combined six-and-a-half hours, according to court documents.
Large already has undergone more than five hours of questioning for his deposition.
The county reached a settlement agreement with Jane Doe 1 in January. Another woman who is not part of these lawsuits filed separately as a Jane Doe 5, and also settled her case out of court this year.