Abuse of the Badge? Part 2

By: Skylar Zwick
By: Skylar Zwick

Monday night, we introduced you to two women claiming to have been abused by a Coffee County Sheriff's deputy and a former co-worker who says this officer has crossed the line.

Skylar continues to investigate these allegations.

More than half-a-dozen women have made similar claims...this is a case of he said she said, all evidence is circumstantial and testimony is hearsay, at best. Each of these women, most of whom were afraid to speak on camera has a checkered past with at least one arrest on her record,

But still, trained investigators and alleged victims say this deputy has abused the badge.

"You've drawn me a floor plan of Tony's home, yes, how many times have you been to his home, several, about 15-20," ask an investigator.

“One of his hobbies off-duty is to go to knife shows and he has a friend who makes knives and she described the case that he has with all these different knives in it…I’ve seen his briefcase with all his glocks, diff caliber and different models that he has and in her description, it's a direct description of what i know about tony personally,” says a local law enforcement officer.

“I don't believe there is any possible way for her to know these type details without having been exposed to them.”

They claim current Coffee County Deputy Tony Harrison supplied them with illegal drugs, cash and clothes.

“To keep her in a compliant mode or mood so he could convince her to do things he wanted to do sexually or in other ways,” the officer says.

“I’ve heard all of that and that he has had people who are on drugs stay with him and aiding and abetting pretty much, having women stay with him while they were being hunted and he supplied them with drugs and clothes and whatever else they wanted,” said Jane.

Trained investigators we spoke to, on and off camera, say they believe these alleged victims, despite their checkered pasts

“During that interview on that day, I saw no sign of deception in regards to anything she was saying or claiming had taken place,” the officer said.
But their opinions of Deputy Harrison, are not quite as high.

“So to do the things I know he has done and to be accused of the others things, you know, he's alleged to have done, he's had a second chance and it's over and done with, he doesn't deserve a third.”

Jane says that "he deserves to go to prison”

Law enforcement agents we spoke to, many of whom could or would not go on camera all told News 4 that Harrison was allowed to resign from his post in Andalusia and multiple other wiregrass agencies for similar improprieties. Those records were never turned over.

When we had the chance to interview his superiors, we again questioned his work history and were met with denial...they say they have no knowledge of these accusations and it's a violation of the deputy's civil liberties to release his personnel file, despite the fact that as a sheriff's deputy, his salary is paid with your tax dollars.

In part three of the series, Skylar sits down with deputy Tony Harrison and his supervisors...and the admission Harrison makes, may surprise you.

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  • by Yvonne Location: uk on May 29, 2011 at 03:26 AM
    Police Officers are there to UPHOLD the law. They think they ARE the law , Therefore think they can do as they like. Send Harrison to prison,
  • by Rae Location: MidlandCity on Nov 12, 2010 at 07:22 AM
    All these women is not gonna lie for no reason.He was gettin what he wanted out of those women.Thats all he cared about.He has done things like that before.This not the first time.Its other cops that are crooks too.Someone should investigate MidlandCity police.
  • by Anonymous Location: Coffee County on Nov 11, 2010 at 02:13 PM
    Sounds and looks like two liars covering and making excuses for another liar! After all it has been proven that he (Harrison) cannot tell the truth.
  • by Wizard Man Location: Winnebago on Nov 11, 2010 at 11:48 AM
    This is a garbage report. Men have to give women stuff to get anything. The existence of the human race depends on this. How about reporting on something newsworthy, you small town pathetic reporter!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 11, 2010 at 11:14 AM
    Well for those who voted Sutton back into office this is what you have as a leader for Coffee County. Sutton is basically supporting Harrison's actions. Harrison isn't even allowed to testify in Federal Court because he was caught lying about a case he had. All Sutton did was gave him a slap on the hand and told "bad boy..don't ever do that again." Well congrats to all of you who thinks Sutton is so great. For anyone who is plans on running for Coffee County Sheriff in 4 years keep this in mind on how Sutton allows his deputies to act.
  • by creedence Location: Level Plains on Nov 11, 2010 at 09:34 AM
    How do you expect a subordinate to tote the line when the sheriff himself lied numerous times during his campaign about his previous places of employment. He lied at least 3 times which were investigated and proven he never worked at the places as a law enforcement officer and yet the citizens of coffee county still reelected him!
  • by really? Location: E'prise on Nov 10, 2010 at 09:48 PM
    Where is he?? Still working the road as a deputy in Coffee County thats where! SAD SAD SAD!! Poor leadership!
  • by itsme Location: covington county on Nov 10, 2010 at 05:43 PM
    An addict will do almost anything to be able to continue using drugs and stay out of jail. Tony knows this and was more than willing to use it for his advantage. I knew him long before he become a cop, and long after. This is not an isolated incident, it has been going on for years. His superiors have known it, his co-workers have known it. Nothing is done about it because" who really cares about some drug head female" to him and others they are just getting what they deserve. Well maybe now Tony will get what he deserves. It is not likly, however, because so many of the people that could and should do something about it are just as dirty and corrupt as he is, some are willing to over look his transgressions because he gets the job done, but is it worth the cost. Think about it like this, if your house is on fire do you really want to call an arsonist to put it out. Are would you want your sixteen year old daughter stopped late at night by this man.
  • by seti Location: enterprise on Nov 10, 2010 at 05:35 PM
    he has a badge - for some that means he has all the power. who would believe these women. but are they all criminals? no. some are just afraid to come forth. they are afraid he or his "cronies" will come after them. it is done all the time.
  • by Anonymous Location: Alabama on Nov 10, 2010 at 05:34 PM
    I think this all sounds very sketchy. In our society, it has become "guilty until proven innocent". So sad that people are willing to jump to conclusions that would ruin this man's career and family by believing women with prior arrest records such as this... I mean, how credible are they anyway? I'd rather wait for the facts. If someone has been to his house 15-20 times, that sounds more likely to be consensual to me. Ever think that they might have alterior motives? I mean, how happy do you think they are that they were arrested by him? And if these incidents occured years ago, why come forward now? Why not complain sooner? Sounds suspicious to me...
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