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Teen jailed for 35 days after identity mix-up

Teen Jailed for 35 Days After Identity Mix-Up

"Fox & Friends" says a Florida teen spent 35 days in jail for a crime he didn't commit.

Last year, police arrested Cody Lee Williams for sexual battery. While in jail, he told his mom he thought the police had the wrong person and the suspect was really another Cody Williams who attended the same high school. The police never showed his photo to the victim so she could confirm he was the boy.

Back in 2012, a girl younger than 12 said she'd had sex with a boy named Cody Williams.

Turns out, Cody was right about the mix-up. The arresting officer has been given a 10-day suspension and a demotion.

Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler told The Florida Times-Union Deputy Sheriff Johnny Hawkins, who arrested Cody Lee Williams, did take some shortcuts during his investigation.

Hawkins has been suspended for 10 days and will face a demotion. Cody Raymond Williams has been arrested and will appear in court Monday.

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delamplugh February 27 2014 at 3:10 PM

Can anyone say "Lawsuit"? If I were the sheriff of that county, the cop would be fired, formal apologies made and I'd offer that family whatever would make this go away.

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gharrison February 27 2014 at 1:59 PM


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hislonv February 27 2014 at 12:09 PM

35 days in jail? really? Seems like the investigating officer forgot to investigate and went right to arresting and assuming the guilt of this person. Lots of apparent mistakes were made by this cop. Lazy work ethic and inconclusive questioning techniques come to mind. It shouldn't have taken 35 days to get to the point of figuring out that there were two Cody Williams in that school or in that city. How did they get his name and address to begin with and not see the other Cody?
If his punishment were up to me it would be 35 days in isolation 24/7. No leaving his cell for any reason. Hosed down with cold water twice a week. Change of clothes once a week. three minimal meals a day. A bible to read. No pay. 35 days of his pay given to the wrongfully accused out of his pocket. No time off for good behaviour. 5 years probation. Loss of job and no chance to ever work in law enforcement again.

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KING JEFF February 27 2014 at 11:45 AM


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shaybird February 27 2014 at 11:18 AM

I can see why the cop was confused. Seriously. Cody LEE Williams, Cody RAYMOND Williams. Suspended for 10 days? He should be fired as he, clearly, can't do his job.

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shaybird February 27 2014 at 11:06 AM

As usual. Cops abusing their authority is in the news everyday anymore. This will only get worse unless they are held responsible for their actions.

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neskier50 February 27 2014 at 9:00 AM

It seems to me an appropriate action is for the cop to lose his job and spend a minimum of 35 days in the general prison population for false imprisonment.

Cops abuse their authority with increasing frquency, with little, or no, retribution. The consequences of inept, abusive actions need to be painful and perfectly clear.

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Denise February 27 2014 at 8:55 AM

If you can't do a job right, get a different one.

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kevpota February 27 2014 at 8:55 AM

This is florida - the doughnut state -what else do you expect..

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kvave February 27 2014 at 8:38 AM

Yanno , I had the SAME thing happen here in FL. I was pulled out of my House while doing Laundry , wearing nothing but sweats , and accused of being a Burglar. Brought to Jail , Fingerprinted and tossed in a cell.

Interestingly enough however , when it came to going back to Court , my Fingerprints were "lost" twice , the camera in the place that got hit , mysteriously wasnt in operation , and then they misplaced the alleged Burglary tools. The same Bag of tools , that the arresting Officer already his trunk before they picked me up.

Luckily half of my Family is well known around here , as well as Lawyers of various types , so it was only a minor inconvienience. Did I mention when I got to Jail , they had 6 others in Cells accused of the same crime? FL Policework

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Denise February 27 2014 at 8:56 AM

Not just in FL.

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kvave February 27 2014 at 9:10 AM

True . Now I have noticed , Detectives sometimes are much more "put together" than your average Cop. But again depends on where you are .

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