Dothan (WTVY)-- Ashford’s assistant police chief was convicted Tuesday of soliciting prostitution but found not guilty of conspiracy to possess marijuana. Clint Ivey Williams, 38, received to a 12-month suspended sentence and was placed on probation.
Ashford Assistant Police Chief Clint Williams leaves Houston County Courthouse during a recess of his trial in this November 7, 2017 photo.
“I believe this is a vindictive witch hunt (by the Houston County Sheriff’s Office),” Williams said following the verdict.
During trial, Sheriff’s Investigator Jason Grantham testified the mother of a 17-year old girl became concerned about the relationship between her daughter and Williams. Grantham said, using the girl’s phone, he exchanged dozens of Facebook messages with Williams while posing as the girl.
Williams offered 400 dollars to pay the teen’s outstanding traffic tickets and purchase marijuana in exchange for sex, per Grantham’s testimony. Defense Attorney Doug Bates disputed the claim saying no specific promises were made.
Circuit Judge Michael Conaway then acquitted Williams on the drug allegation but convicted him of offering payment for sexual favors.
“This has taken a toll on me and my family and my family has been threatened,” Williams said following the verdict. While not elaborating, he claims to be a victim of selective prosecution alleging other officers have done far worse without facing charges.
Assistant District Attorney Russ Goodman credited the work by Grantham on the case.
Williams, on administrative leave since his June arrest, said he was terminated upon conviction. He plans to appeal.