Police mix-up sends wrong teen to jail for 5 weeks

Police mix-up sends wrong teen to jail for 5 weeks

Cody Williams was arrested in late August, charged with the sexual battery of someone younger than 12.

The 18-year-old Clay High School student spent 35 days in jail.

One problem: He was the wrong Cody Williams.

Three officers have received formal counseling for their role in the wrongful arrest and another officer faces a 10-day unpaid suspension and a transfer from investigations to patrol.

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Deputy Sheriff Johnny Hawkins of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office will learn Tuesday if he will receive that punishment.

“As a result of your incompetence, an innocent man was arrested for an offense that he did not commit,” Sheriff Rick Beseler told Hawkins in a February disciplinary letter.

Hawkins’ phone number was not listed or available Monday evening to seek comment.

A girl younger than 12 told Clay Sheriff’s officers in 2013 that on or around Halloween 2012 she had sex with an older boy she identified as Cody Williams. The girl’s exact age at the time wasn’t released by authorities.

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