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Woman Accuses the Detective Who Investigated her Shooting Case of Sexual Assault August 6, 2016

A woman who was not only a victim of domestic violence, but whose husband also tried to kill when he turned a firearm on her and shot five times, has filed a lawsuit naming the Horry County Police Department as the defendant. She claims that one of the department’s former detectives, Allen Large, not only make her participate in nude “catfighting” contests, but also sexually assaulted her.

52fa61f945329.imageThis represents the fourth such sexual assault lawsuit filed against the Horry County Police Department since December, and the second to name Large specifically as the attacker.

When questioned, Large denied all accusations of sexual assaults, but did admit to asking some of the female victims he encountered while on the job if they were interested in the catfighting contests, though his lawyer has advised him to say as little about the topic as possible.

According to the lawsuit, the victim initially contacted the department in 1996 when she wanted to report her husband for domestic violence. In 1998, the violence turned worse. Her husband shot her five different times, concentrating his shots on her hand and back, resulting in life threatening injuries as well as psychological damage.

In both instances, Large was the dective assigned to the case. It took about two years before the victim’s husband was finally arrested for assault and battery. Acording to the victim, Large repeatedly stopped at her house and made rude sexual comments as well as disparaging remarks about her figure.

When her husband was convicted, the victim left the state, only to return later when her grandmother required care. She remarried and again found herself married to a man with abusive tendancies.


In 2015, she contacted the Horry County Police Department after her second husband tried threatened to kill her and once again, the case was assigned to Large. She claims that the old pattered started again with Large randomly showing up on her house. Her lawsuit states that Large, “coerced the Plaintiff’s participation in nude, sexual-fetish ‘catfights,’” and even when so far as to take her out of state for one of the fights.

Additionally, the lawsuit claims that the, “plaintiff was coerced to participate in numerous sexual encounters against her will. At all times relevant, Detective Large utilized his Horry County issued police vehicle and visually displayed his Horry County Police Department badge and police issued firearm.”

RhodesAdditional defendants named in the lawsuit include: former police chief Saundra Rhodes, former deputy chief Scott Rutherford, former Capt. Dale Buchanan, Sgt. Thomas Delpercio and former Lt. William Squires. According to the victim, each of these individuals was aware of Large’s behavior and did nothing.

Although Large denies the sexual assault accusations, the Department did fire him after he was accused of sexual harassment during an investigation. At the time, Saundra Rhodes was the police chief and oversaw the investigation.

“Cases like this give me the chills,” said Attorney Joseph Sandefur of Myrtle Beach’s top personal injury firm Joe and Martin. “They’re also why I decided to pursue personal injury law. To help women like this one recover from the financial blow the mental and physical abuse left on her so she can start rebuilding her life.”

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