Former Horry County police detective found dead

Former police detective Allen Large, 55, died Wednesday night at his Murrells Inlet home due to natural causes, according to the Horry County coroner’s office.

The specific cause of death will not be released to the public, and his family is asking for privacy, said Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard.

However, it is known from court records that Large was in fragile health, and suffered from kidney ailments and heart disease.

Large worked for the Horry County Police Department for 27 years. He was fired in 2015 following allegations that he had sexually assaulted a woman whose case of sexual assault he had been assigned to investigate.

State law enforcement officials were called in to investigate Large, and over the next two years, lawsuits were filed by five different women against the police department alleging sexual crimes were committed by the former detective.

Three of those cases were settled with financial payments to the victims, known only as Jane Does. Two of those claims were expected to be heard in court this year.

By 2016, a grand jury convened by the state attorney general had returned five indictments against Large for criminal sexual conduct. He was accused of coercing victims whose cases he was assigned to investigate to engage with him in sexual situations.

Those cases never went to trial, and Large rejected a plea offer late last year.

If convicted of all charges brought by the grand jury, Large was facing up to 110 years in jail.

After being under house arrest for more than a year and ordered to wear a GPS monitoring device, Large was just released from those restrictions in December.

Audrey Hudson: 843-444-1765, @AudreyHudson

Joe L. Hughes II: 843-444-1702, @JoeLHughesII

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