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Four Memphis police officers indicted

James George (Courtesy Memphis Police) James George (Courtesy Memphis Police)
Larry Orange (Courtesy Memphis Police) Larry Orange (Courtesy Memphis Police)
Daniel Wallace (Courtesy Memphis Police) Daniel Wallace (Courtesy Memphis Police)
Thomas Woods (Courtesy Memphis Police) Thomas Woods (Courtesy Memphis Police)

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Four Memphis police officers have been indicted by a Shelby County Grand Jury for violent charges related to an undercover investigation into prostitution and drugs, officials said Monday.

Speaking at a press conference Monday, Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin used this latest round of officer arrests as another opportunity to reassure the public and warn any uncaught corrupt cops.

"If you're a criminal, you're gonna get caught, and if you're wearing the uniform, I hope that you don't think that your above the law," Godwin said.

James George, Daniel Wallace, and Thomas Woods all worked out of the Mt. Moriah Station and are charged with the Aggravated Kidnapping and Rape of prostitutes, plus Official Misconduct.

Patrolman Larry Orange is charged with Sexual Battery by an Authority Figure and Statutory Rape involving a teenager.

According to Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons, the indictments were the result of an investigation conducted by the Organized Crime Unit and the Internal Affairs Bureau of the Memphis Police Department. OCU officers had initiated an investigation into prostitution and drug sales.

Information about the indicted officers was generated from that investigation, was presented to the Grand Jury and led to the indictments.

Gibbons said officers with the MPD Organized Crime Unit took the four men into custody on Friday. George is out of custody on $50,000 bond; Wallace and Woods are each out of custody on $25,000 bonds; and Orange is out of custody on $10,000 bond.

The men will be arraigned next month.

Despite the arrests, Godwin said he still considered his police department one of the best.

"Ninety-nine percent of Memphis' finest do what they are supposed to do every single day," he said.

And, Godwin had strong words for officers that break the law.

"We will rid the MPD of these thugs," he said.

Director Godwin says three of the officers involved in the arrests announced Monday were hired at a time in the 1990's when waivers were granted to some recruits with arrest records.

Godwin said he was confident they would not have made the cut today.


OFFICER INFORMATION:

Patrolman James George, 45
Commissioned Date: April 25, 1996
Last Work Assignment: Uniform Patrol Division/Mt. Moriah Station
Date of Resignation: April 9, 2009

Patrolman Larry Orange, 44
Commissioned Date: January 15, 1994
Last Work Assignment: Uniform Patrol Division/MPD DUI Unit (located at Ridgeway Station)
Current Status: Non-enforcement status pending administrative hearing

Patrolman Daniel Wallace, 44
Commissioned Date: December 18, 2003
Last Work Assignment: Uniform Patrol Division/Mt. Moriah Station
Date of Resignation: April 9, 2009
 
Patrolman Thomas Woods, 54
Commissioned Date: January 29, 1998
Last Work Assignment: Uniform Patrol Division/Mt. Moriah Station
Date of Resignation: April 9, 2009

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