Former West Memphis officer appears in court

WEST MEMPHIS, AR (WMC-TV) - West Memphis police officer Billy Sanders recently retired after a mother filed a complaint with the department involving her 14-year-old daughter.

Now Sanders is accused of sexual indecency with a child, furnishing alcohol to minors, and terroristic threatening.

Sanders left the court Wednesday with his attorney walking in front of him. Sanders would not comment.

Inside the courtroom, Sanders stood with his attorney.

The prosecutor refused to release the affidavit of complaint, even though it is public record, but Action News 5 has learned the details.

Sanders, according to the complaint, used a police issued cell phone to send almost 500 text messages in a 72-hour period to a 14-year-old girl.

Sources said, Sanders, texting anonymously, told the teen he knew her, "dirty little secrets and am going tell your secret if you don't pay me money."

Sources said in another text Sanders wrote "the only way I am going to keep your secret is if you have sex with Billy Sanders."

Sanders is also accused of writing very graphic sexual things he wanted the girl to do.

The terroristic threat charge involves the 14-year-old's boyfriends.

According to the complaint, Sanders threatened some of the boys the 14-year-old girl was dating. In one instance, the complaint said he approached one of the boys and said, "I will kill you."

Billy Sanders is also accused of using his credit card to buy alcohol for the 14-year-old and another teenaged girl.

West Memphis police turned this case over to the Arkansas State police for investigation.

Billy Sanders is out on a $25,000 bond.

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