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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