According to Broward DUI attorney William Moore, Sheriff’s Deputy Charles E. Grady, Jr., who is 39 years old, was forced to resign earlier this spring after he was convicted of two counts of battery. The battery charges were misdemeanor offenses and Grady was sentenced only to two years of probation. Still, the community has unresolved questions about the former deputy’s conduct, as well as the apparent nonchalance of supervisors and prosecutors in the face of mounting complaints during Grady’s years with the office.
Fort Lauderdale DUI Lawyer William Moore says information pertaining to the numerous complaints has now come to light. Nine different women made formal complaints about his behavior during traffic stops, including stops for DUI. Part of the reason their allegations did not go anywhere was probably the perceived credibility of the women who made the complaints: several were strippers, another had psychological problems requiring hospitalization shortly after the accusation, and one woman had a prior criminal record, which include three arrests for driving under the influence.
Numerous women complained that Grady touched them inappropriately during DUI or other traffic stops and made degrading remarks. There were even allegations that Grady had used pepper spray on a woman and that he “hog-tied” another, a woman who later received a civil settlement following her DUI traffic stop. One woman says that he visited her in her hospital room after she suffered severe injuries in a traffic accident – and he threatened her and called her obscene names. Worst of all, Grady was accused of forcing a stripper he stopped to perform oral sex on him. He threatened her with his police-issued weapon, she says, and said he would kill her if she reported the incident.
Despite at least 17 complaints from women who claimed they were abused, Grady remained on the job. Local newspapers have speculated that law enforcement officials discredited the women’s accounts in part because many of them were strippers and that Grady was given a free pass because other officials look out for each other. Now, Grady is no longer licensed to work as a law enforcement officer in the state of Florida, as part of a plea deal that prevented any jail time at all and ensured that prosecutors would not pursue a charge of felony armed sexual battery.
Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney William Moore provides outstanding DUI defense in Broward, Fort Lauderdale, and Fort Lauderdale-Dade Counties. If you have been charged with a DUI, contact Fort Lauderdale DUI Lawyer William Moore, P.A.
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