Former Police Officer Found Not Guilty on Sex Abuse Charges


By Alabama News Network

A retired police officer accused of rape and sodomy is found not guilty.

Willie Toney was charged with rape, sodomy and sex abuse of a child under the age of 12. 

He was found not guilty on all counts.

The charges stem from an alleged incident that happened back in 2008. 

Toney spent 18 years with the Troy police department - and worked some of the time as a school resource officer. 

The Attorney General's office did not comment on the verdict. But former Mayor Jimmy Lunsford defended Toney saying given his position if there was enough evidence when the allegations first surfaced he and the police chief would have prosecuted.
He said, "There wasn't enough there to convict this innocent man. To take this young girl that actually had a tragedy and put her through that trial having to know full well there could not be a conviction. You can't convict an innocent man in my opinion and that was a tragedy." 
Lunsford said Toney passed multiple lie detector tests and the case was presented to a grand jury multiple times. 
The trial lasted a full week.  
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