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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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tomatomike February 26 2014 at 7:24 PM

The innocent Cody's troubles with this incident are not over. For the rest of his life he will have an arrest record regardless of his innocence. I would encourage his parents to hire a jugular hunting lawyer to really resolve this issue.

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lxixwithu February 26 2014 at 7:00 PM

SUE THE BASTARDS...$10.000 a day for such an egregious error sounds about right.

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Neshamah February 26 2014 at 6:57 PM

Give the kid 1,000 for each day spent in jail (for therapy -they're going to claim it anyway)... and dock that cops pay for it; why should taxpayers pay for stupid behaviour?

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jorgebrito2 Neshamah February 26 2014 at 9:21 PM

Of course, they have to give him a lot of money for all the days of his life that he lost. However, he is going to live with this on his mind forever. I wish him the best of luck and hope he has a good life.

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Buckingham's February 26 2014 at 6:56 PM

Now it's the incompetant cop's turn to sit in jail.

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What it do Cuz February 27 2014 at 1:16 AM

Fire the cop, have him serve time in jail.

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MANUELITO February 26 2014 at 6:54 PM

Demotion? he should have been fired!!! I hope his parents sue the city, police dept. or whatever, and I hope he gets if not a fortune, at least a few thousands to continue his education. Hey, pain and suffering!!!! Just saying.

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Makedaqueen February 26 2014 at 6:53 PM

The officer should have to spend 35 days in jail,and be fired, not demoted,he might do the same thing in the futher.

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deelight821 February 26 2014 at 6:50 PM

Yeah, and the WORST part of this is that "expunged" may NOT mean that this kids arrest record has disappeared. It may still be there, although not readily available. BUT if he ever applies for certain jobs, especially any that require a security clearance, it might show up and may jeopardize his chances. If I were that boy I would ask for a record to be made in the courts totally explaining the mistake, have the record registered, and get a certified copy for MY records.

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MANUELITO deelight821 February 26 2014 at 6:56 PM

True, but, if he hires an attorney, can't the attorney help him with that? I think they can. Also, the other guy surely has a different DOB and SSN. (Oh, well, what do I know about the law, I was just saying)

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bluejeanbabe50 February 26 2014 at 6:43 PM

LAW SUIT

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MANUELITO bluejeanbabe50 February 26 2014 at 6:56 PM

thank you, that's what I just commented. Great minds think alike, lol, lol, lol

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Artie February 27 2014 at 1:22 AM

I think the Deputy's supervisor should also be on days-off (without pay). After all, he must also approve the report. Nice basic police procedure guys.

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