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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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God Bless You February 26 2014 at 11:50 PM

I am sorry is not enough, sue them !!!!

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richar5795 February 26 2014 at 9:36 PM

Took some short cuts????? Never showed his picture to the victim or had her ID him?? I'm a retired cop... worked detective division for six years, and if you have never been in jail....you can't imagine what 35 days in jail can be like...especialy as a teen. I am really disturbed at what kind of 'short cuts' this officer took to have him charged and booked..

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friendcptprecast February 26 2014 at 9:36 PM

they protect their own in florida, ask grady judd in polk county, protect that green line, to hell with truth and justice. even perjury wont get his deputies convicted.

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Phil February 26 2014 at 9:34 PM


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dhami15021 February 26 2014 at 9:33 PM

Many years ago my teenage son was arrested simply because he had curly hair and a green army jacket like another teen who lived in the neighborhood. We were horrified when they locked him in a room and questioned him, I went crazy when he was treated like that knowing full well it was not him who broke into a store. My son was as straight laced as they come and completely innocent.
I got him out almost immediately but it cost me $1,500. for a lawyer. They soon after found out the mistake they made, but the damage was done and my son was clearly tramatized, as was I.

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rayfridjr dhami15021 February 26 2014 at 10:28 PM

Were you reimbursed for at least the lawyer's fee? If not, sue!

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entheoscht February 26 2014 at 9:32 PM

Wow...cops who make mistakes? Say it isn't so.
Since getting their own program on TV, most cops have become a little big for their britches.

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mark February 26 2014 at 9:30 PM

yea i had the same problem.a sheriff dept issued a warrant for another person with my same name and i didnt even live in that county.i didnt do any time but i had to go through a bunch of hoops to get it all straighten out

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welcome Richard February 26 2014 at 9:25 PM

Cop needs to be suspended for 35 days....without pay.

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jorgebrito2 welcome Richard February 26 2014 at 9:36 PM

What he need is to be fired and jailed the triple of what this poor young man served. I am so happy that e was released and his charges were dropped. He was jailed while the real rapist went in with his life. I am glad they caught they real criminal and hopefully he will serve many years behind bars.

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jorgebrito2 February 26 2014 at 9:16 PM

Good thing that they noticed at the moment, because he could have been sentenced to a lot longer. Also good thing is that the charges against him were dropped. Now he can say at the job application that he has never been convicted and it will show.

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hdpscorp February 26 2014 at 8:44 PM

how about get this pig jailed for 35 days without pay, plus demoted? that would be the right thing to do.
I hope boy sues the city for keeping a retard as a COP.

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jorgebrito2 hdpscorp February 26 2014 at 9:47 PM

Yeah, that cop is an animal, he finished with the poor boy.

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