Police Chief Charged With Rape

Police Chief Charged With Rape

There are 22 comments on the WLTX-TV Columbia story from Sep 20, 2007, titled Police Chief Charged With Rape. In it, WLTX-TV Columbia reports that:

“It's unfortunate for the city, and it's tough for me too”

Only one officer was on patrol in the town of Luthersville, Ga., Wednesday night. via WLTX-TV Columbia

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LocalGovWatch

Nashville, TN

#1 Sep 20, 2007
Two-thirds of the police force arrested. Sure makes one want to pay that tax bill. Stories like this at Local Government Watch. http://localgovwatch.blogspot.com/search...
One Who Knows the Facts

United States

#2 Sep 21, 2007
LocalGovWatch wrote:
Two-thirds of the police force arrested. Sure makes one want to pay that tax bill. Stories like this at Local Government Watch. http://localgovwatch.blogspot.com/search...
Who do you go to with information on a city leader and remain anonymous?
Rentman

Atlanta, GA

#3 Sep 24, 2007
Did anyone notice what the same thing I did tonight on the news?... they let Chief Yates and Officer Hardigree out of the Meriwether County transport van right in front of the media. Why wasn't policy and procedure followed by taking them THROUGH the "Sally Gate" and letting them out there? Does Meriwether County have some bad blood with them? Even if they did, why should they go against policy? Did the media instigate this to sensationalize the story? Why would they go out of their way to intentionally embarrass these two? If this is in the hands of the GBI, shouldn't they take a little more precaution against antics such as these? It looks like someone is clearly making effort to see that their reputations are permanently tarnished BEFORE they have their day in court. The more they do to try to make them look guilty, the more I smell corruption behind these allegations.
Moreland GA

Newnan, GA

#4 Sep 25, 2007
The allegations and rape on both of these men is an outrage! My Family has known Hardigree and Yates for years and neither of them could ever do any thing such as this. they are both good men and very respectful. Who ever has accused them of this is crazy. I say that Meriwether is pretty low to treat two of their own men this way and I agree someone is trying to embarrass them. THESE MEN COULDNT HAVE DONE THIS THEY HAVE TO GOOD OF HEARTS TO EVEN THINK OF IT!!!
Sheena

Jacksonville, FL

#6 Oct 6, 2007
You need to read the VINDICATOR...the chief was in a similar situation in Tyrone...investigated for a sexual crime...no wonder they got rid of him and sent him south. Now it is happening all over again.
Brother Blue

United States

#7 Oct 17, 2007
Sheena wrote:
You need to read the VINDICATOR...the chief was in a similar situation in Tyrone...investigated for a sexual crime...no wonder they got rid of him and sent him south. Now it is happening all over again.
Get the facts right! He left Tyrone to become the Chief of Luthersville, to better himself. Also, he was not investigated for a sexual situation.
Jank

Blythewood, SC

#8 Oct 18, 2007
Rentman wrote:
Did anyone notice what the same thing I did tonight on the news?... they let Chief Yates and Officer Hardigree out of the Meriwether County transport van right in front of the media. Why wasn't policy and procedure followed by taking them THROUGH the "Sally Gate" and letting them out there? Does Meriwether County have some bad blood with them? Even if they did, why should they go against policy? Did the media instigate this to sensationalize the story? Why would they go out of their way to intentionally embarrass these two? If this is in the hands of the GBI, shouldn't they take a little more precaution against antics such as these? It looks like someone is clearly making effort to see that their reputations are permanently tarnished BEFORE they have their day in court. The more they do to try to make them look guilty, the more I smell corruption behind these allegations.
It's called the 'PERP WALK'
Someone that knows

Lithia Springs, GA

#9 Oct 20, 2007
Brother Blue wrote:
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Get the facts right! He left Tyrone to become the Chief of Luthersville, to better himself. Also, he was not investigated for a sexual situation.
The facts are...as it was written in the Vindicator and the Atlanta Journal...The Chief was investigated for a sexual offense exposing a young persons genitals during a search...of course, he got off...which most law enforcement do. That...too...is a fact...everyone on this board knows that it is very difficult to prosecute a cop and make it stick. ONE MONTH later, he left (undisclosed reasons) to come to Luthersville and was hired as Chief. Residents in Luthersville that were appointed officials KNEW of another offense...and advised the Mayor NOT to hire him. But, the Mayor of Luthersville does whatever he pleases as his family has been down in Luthersville from WAY WAY WAY back...he owns lots of real estate...FACT. He does as he pleases...let me give you a FACT to prove this that is unrelated to this case. The mayor's son lives on 27 in town. He is running his law practice out of his home. The LAW in Luthersville says NO HOME BUSINESS where people come and go...such as clients. The Mayor has written up plenty of people that have opened businesses in town and told them that it is against the law...and they have to either move out or shut down their businesses. OK? Get it? Yet his son is previed? He thinks that he and his family can do whatever they want...whenever they want and how they want to. He hired David Yates KNOWING of his past...By the way...the information in the newspaper articles that reference this sexual encounter...were given statements from the TYRONE POLICE DEPARTMENT. Do you need more proof? I have it. ALSO...it is my understanding that Yates was seen by employees of stores in town, letting young girls, including this one that was allegedly raped...get into his police car while in uniform and leaving with them in the front seat...and venturing off somewhere to return quite sometime later...do you think they went to pick apples off of an appletree? Alot of argueing from time to time outside these stores with this ACCUSER and the CHIEF...BEFORE any of these charges...so, you have no clue as to what really went on...I understand that this young woman passed a lie detector test with the GBI. SO...wait for court...and everyone of the officers and the mayor of this small town will go downtown...if you get my drift. To not have the facts and stand up for someone that has a past...is criminal to me. There will be hundreds of witnesses in that courtroom...but, watch the Chief cop a plee...if you can do this in a rape case. Who knows how he will get preferential treatment...but, it happens ALL THE TIME~!
Someone that knows

Lithia Springs, GA

#10 Oct 20, 2007
Rentman wrote:
Did anyone notice what the same thing I did tonight on the news?... they let Chief Yates and Officer Hardigree out of the Meriwether County transport van right in front of the media. Why wasn't policy and procedure followed by taking them THROUGH the "Sally Gate" and letting them out there? Does Meriwether County have some bad blood with them? Even if they did, why should they go against policy? Did the media instigate this to sensationalize the story? Why would they go out of their way to intentionally embarrass these two? If this is in the hands of the GBI, shouldn't they take a little more precaution against antics such as these? It looks like someone is clearly making effort to see that their reputations are permanently tarnished BEFORE they have their day in court. The more they do to try to make them look guilty, the more I smell corruption behind these allegations.
You know...it is people like you that irritate me to the hilt. All you can think about is the rights of the officers? Just because the media got a look at them? You are obviously NO GENTLEMAN...you should think of the victim. YOU are obviously aquainted with the law, right? Well, then YOU know that the GBI would not have placed these officers under arrest unless their was valid proof that this happened. ALSO, you probably know that having a bond/bail as high as this one...$50,000...that the judge heard FACTS and evidence that would make him/her believe that these charges will lead to a conviction. Right? Right~! You know it...just won't admit it. Forget about the rights of the officers. They will be taken care of after all...they know all of the Meriwether county Sheriff and Deputies. Buddies. Scratching each others backs. I think Steve (Sheriff of M County) will make sure that they are not unduly chastised by anyone. You need to get a life~
I knows the facts

Lithia Springs, GA

#11 Oct 24, 2007
Everyone has their view of David and know has the same view. People have their view on the victim. The problem is David was seen with alot of young girls(his daughters age)around town. He is a married, has children,and was here to do a job(not the town gossip king). I belive the victim in the case for the simple fact that an officer to be arrested on any charge has to have more proof then a normal person. The GBI does not get involed unless their is a real crime happens. I have faith in the justice system but I think David will plead out before it goes into court. I don't think Jason is going to get to much. The victim is the one who will suffer the longest. David will get what he deserves in the in. As for officer Morgan he has been doing a good job for what he has had to deal with. He did not come to just a small town he came to a town so full of crime the police and mayor are involed. So if he is giveing out more tickets and arresting more people he is doing his job.GOOD LUCK OFFICER MORGAN.
Ticked

Bessemer, AL

#12 Oct 25, 2007
You people are nuts. Stop accusing these men, wait for the REAL facts to come out, before you throw their names in the mud. I know the REAL story and you guys will be sorry when the truth comes out that you have basically ruined a man's reputation and life.
I knows the facts

Lithia Springs, GA

#13 Oct 26, 2007
Ticked wrote:
You people are nuts. Stop accusing these men, wait for the REAL facts to come out, before you throw their names in the mud. I know the REAL story and you guys will be sorry when the truth comes out that you have basically ruined a man's reputation and life.
The real facts will come out and you a going to look real stupid when David is in prison for RAPE.David has did alot of things wrong in Luthersville and it is about time something is being done. If David would have just did his job and not got involed in breaking the law he would not be in any trouble right now. I hope David will spend the rest of his life in prison. Maybe they will make him their Bi**h.
Ticked

Bessemer, AL

#14 Oct 26, 2007
I knows the facts wrote:
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The real facts will come out and you a going to look real stupid when David is in prison for RAPE.David has did alot of things wrong in Luthersville and it is about time something is being done. If David would have just did his job and not got involed in breaking the law he would not be in any trouble right now. I hope David will spend the rest of his life in prison. Maybe they will make him their Bi**h.
You're right I will look stupid if it comes out that he actually did rape her, but I am going to be really surprised. Until then, my family and I stand behind him 100% all the way. But how many times in history do you have girls claiming rape and then come to find out she just wanted to stir up some drama? I am with you though, if he actually did do it then I hope justice will be served and I will no longer support him. But I just don't believe this, when I feel like I know the REAL story
I know the facts

Lithia Springs, GA

#15 Nov 5, 2007
Ticked wrote:
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You're right I will look stupid if it comes out that he actually did rape her, but I am going to be really surprised. Until then, my family and I stand behind him 100% all the way. But how many times in history do you have girls claiming rape and then come to find out she just wanted to stir up some drama? I am with you though, if he actually did do it then I hope justice will be served and I will no longer support him. But I just don't believe this, when I feel like I know the REAL story
I am sure he has told his side of the story to family and close friends but what I bet he did not tell is to his poor wife he just cheated once because she was unable to fill "HIS NEEDS" but what kind of good husband would do something to a woman who has been with him no matter what because she loves him. He did this more than one time and I know some people think David would never do this but he is a power tripper. I feel so sorry for his wife and hope she makes it threw this ok. I know you should never pass judgement but David would take a bad night for a young girl and her family and turn it in to a " HIS NEEDS" being met and did not care who it hurt because he got his. If you know his wife tell her it will get better god is watching over her and all of her children.
Wedge

Brentwood, TN

#16 Nov 15, 2007
Ticked wrote:
You people are nuts. Stop accusing these men, wait for the REAL facts to come out, before you throw their names in the mud. I know the REAL story and you guys will be sorry when the truth comes out that you have basically ruined a man's reputation and life.
Hey Tick what are the real facts? Were you there? Hell no. One of these guys will confess testify against the other and that will be that. Maybe you just feel sorry for sexual predators?
Sherri

Walnut Creek, CA

#18 Feb 16, 2008
I lived in Luthersville from 1971 until the mid 80's..lots of drama over the years in that little town, much of it involving the police department.
Ericka

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

#19 May 10, 2008
I read all of your comments, and I do admit that I don't know the whole story, but what I do know is that my parents are a part of the Lutherville fire department and know Cheif and Jason. We were very close friends with them. So close that they came over everynight after their shifts. Cheif and Jason both were very nice men. I knew them for two years,and yes there is alot of drama in luthersville, alot of drama, but I dont't believe that he raped that woman. She would flirt with him when we had get togethers, and he would always turn away from her when she touched him. Before the whole thing went down he came to us and told us his side. He said that the had sexual relations,(oral sex), but she talked him into it. I'm not saying you all are wrong, but I am saying that I don't believe that he raped that "woman". And did you know that she has done that to another cheif in Alabama. She was looking to sue the city like she did in AL. And I did notice that no one on here is from Lutherville.
Totally outraged

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

#20 May 10, 2008
I also have read theabove comments and let me tell you from a closer standpoint that Cheif Yates was in my opinion, set up by that woman. This woman in question was known by all in Luthersville and she made herself "known" among the local single and married men. She had been known to be a stalker to a few men. She even went as far as trying to trap a local man into her fake pregnancy, even though she has had her tubes tied. She went as far as going to a local married mans house and asking his wife for him. He had nothing to do with her at any point in time, in fact he could not stand to even be near her. I myself have seen this woman offer herself up to all of Luthersville Officers. She is cheap and wanted a free ride off tax payers money and Cheif Yates just happened to be the sorry soul that got caught in her "snare". I will attest to the fact that Yates got more than he deserved all the way around. He is a very nice, caring, compassionate man. Everyone in this little town has been affected by this scandle in a negative way. Come on now give the poor man a break, if you don't or haven't lived in this town and know ALL OF THE FACTS,THEN PLEASE TRY NOT TO JUDGE TO HARSHLY. He is after all a human just like the rest of us and bound to make mistakes.
Totally outraged

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

#21 May 10, 2008
Wedge wrote:
<quoted text>Hey Tick what are the real facts? Were you there? Hell no. One of these guys will confess testify against the other and that will be that. Maybe you just feel sorry for sexual predators?
Look he is after all a man. I and my family stand behind him 100%. Until you know the WHOLE story about this woman, careful not to judge. It will come out in the end. SHe has done this once before in Alabama to an officer.
Luthersville resident

Locust Grove, GA

#22 Apr 5, 2011
I have read all of the posts and I can tell you that Yates was supposed to protect and serve the community he was NOT not hired to be serviced.
I have lived in the area since 2003 and heard many stories about Yates when he patroled in Tyrone. My boss and her best friend grew up in Tyrone and Yates used to stop them for nothing and try to get the girls to go park with him. HE had also lured one of my boss's guy friends and made him hae oral sex. He is a pervert and derserved what he got.
I know Jason personally and he also got what he deserved because he knew about it but didn't come forward and tell on Yates....guilt by association and was supposed to protect and serve the community.
The woman involved is a manipulator and caniver. She should have been charged with prostitution in my opinion but she did not put a gun to Yates head and make him do anything. He broke the law that he was hired to protect and serve.

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