Former officer facing sex charges commits suicide, coroner reports

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By Sarah Bennett

A former Radcliff police officer facing felony sex charges in Florida committed suicide early Tuesday at his home in West Point.

David Eugene Williams, 39, was a 15-year veteran at the Radcliff Police Department when he resigned May 10, 2011, after the Brevard County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office charged him with computer solicitation of a minor.

Hardin County Coroner Dr. Bill Lee confirmed Wednesday that Williams was found dead Tuesday afternoon after an apparent suicide. Based on the condition of the body, Lee said he believes time of death was just after midnight Tuesday.

According to the coroner, Williams was alone in his residence when he died and found hours later by his uncle. West Point Police Department and Hardin County EMS were dispatched after 3 p.m.

Lee said an autopsy was performed Wednesday afternoon. The coroner did not speculate about the exact cause of death and said toxicology reports are pending.

Williams’ survivors include one son.

Charged with third-degree use of a computer to solicit a child and third-degree computer solicitation of a parent for sex with a child, Williams was scheduled to appear in court March 27, according to the Brevard County Clerk of Court’s Office. At that time, a trial date would have been set or a plea agreement entered, according to the clerk’s office.

According to the state attorney’s office in Brevard County, the case against Williams was progressing toward a jury trial.

Court records online show Williams waived a speedy trial, and in July, Williams’ motion to suppress evidence was denied.

The former police officer’s charges came after an eight-month, undercover Internet operation by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit.

According to an arrest warrant, Williams believed he was communicating via instant message with a 14-year-old girl and her father. In fact, all communications were with undercover operatives. The 25-page arrest warrant included transcripts of the alleged conversations in which Williams requested and received photos of the teen.

Police said he was identified through subscriber information obtained from Yahoo! and Sprint, which was tracked to a computer in West Point.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.