Former detective speaks out on police agency:‘You won’t believe the stench over there’

Former Horry County Police Detective Allen Large.
Former Horry County Police Detective Allen Large.

Former Horry County Detective Allen Large has indicated he will not accept the plea sentence offered by the state attorney’s general office on 11 counts of criminal charges, which means he will take his chances with a jury trial in September on allegations carrying a maximum 110 years in jail.

“We heard that he is saying that, but officially, we don’t know that yet,” said Robert Kittle, spokesman for Attorney General Alan Wilson. “That’s not official, that’s just him talking.”

Large declined to discuss the plea deal on the grand jury indictments returned in September, and said there is no basis for the allegations brought against him by five women identified only as Jane Doe in separate lawsuits.

The women claim to have been sexually assaulted or harassed by Large in his capacity as a police detective, and some say he pressured them to participate in nude catfighting videos.

Large declined to be interviewed, and criticized coverage of the cases by The Sun News, which began in the spring of last year. That coverage included Large’s deposition, the filing of each case by a Jane Doe, and the responses in court documents given by Large and his lawyers.

Coverage also included the grand jury indictments, and settlement agreements that two of the Jane Doe plaintiffs reached with the county this year. All of the lawyers involved in the case and the county are contacted for reaction to stories. Large has also been called on several occasions to comment.

“I consider it harassment that you keep calling me,” Large said.

“You don’t want the truth. You keep writing what you want to write and make it up as you go along,” Large said.

“Whether I go to prison or I’m acquitted, I will not speak to you again,” Large said.

Large went on to suggest that the lawyers representing the women are looking to make money from the lawsuits.

“They have an agenda, I don’t,” Large said.

“I can take being accused. But I love putting my hand on a Bible, raising my hand, dressed up in a coat and tie, being grilled, and telling the truth. And I take pride in that,” Large said.

The county and the police department are named as defendants in all of the Jane Doe lawsuits, but have repeatedly refused to comment on the allegations or the grand jury indictments against Large and three other police officers.

Large said the county is “stone-walling” the media, while refusing to explain why they paid $60,000 into former Police Chief Saundra Rhodes retirement account so that she could retire early last summer.

“They laugh at you and play you,” Large said.

Large referenced the whistleblower retaliation lawsuit filed by former internal affairs officer Matthew Darrah in April. The lawsuit says Rhodes failed to investigate internal reports of wrongdoing by police officers.

The lawsuit says Rhodes refused to address reports that officers were not investigating numerous major crime cases – charges also cited against two other police officers in the grand jury indictments.

“Y’all have no idea of the shenanigans going on,” Large said. “You won’t believe the stench over there.”

“I’m not crying over spilled milk,” Large said. “I just want a fair shake.”

Large bonded out of jail hours after he was charged in the grand jury indictments in September.

He says he is being forced to wear an ankle monitoring device and that he can’t leave the house except to go to church, doctor appointments or his lawyer’s office.

“All over something that was never verified but taken as facts,” Large said.

The plea deal offered by the attorney’s general office to Large is for the grand jury indictments on six charges of misconduct in office and five charges of criminal sexual conduct.

Wilson declined to reveal the plea offer for Large as well as three other Horry County police officials also indicted by a grand jury in September.

“I can tell you that it’s not a slap on the wrist,” Wilson said.

Daryl Williams faces nine counts of misconduct in office; Todd Cox is charged with 16 counts of misconduct in office; and Luke Green faces three counts.

The trial date for Large on Sept. 18 is the first court date set for the four officers indicted.

Audrey Hudson: 843-444-1765, @AudreyHudson