By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Wednesday, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange announced that a Pike County Grand Jury has indicted Willie Toney, age 61, for multiple sex crimes against a child. The recently retired Troy police officer was arrested Wednesday by agents of the Alabama Bureau of Investigation and the Pike County Sheriff‘s Office. He is currently in the Pike County Jail.
Attorney General Strange’s Office presented evidence to a Pike County grand jury, charging that Officer Toney committed improper and illegal sex crimes with a child victim under that age of 12. Toney has been charged with one count of first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree sodomy, and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse.
The Attorney General’s office is releasing no further information about the investigation or about Toney’s alleged crimes other than that which stated in the indictment at this time.
If he is convicted of all the crimes that he has been charged with he could face a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
This case is being prosecuted by the Assistant Attorneys General Kelly Hawkins and Stephanie Billingslea of the Attorney General’s Criminal Trials Division. The investigation that led to these indictments was conducted by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.
Officer Toney has not been convicted of anything at this time. An indictment is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty and Toney will have an opportunity to defend himself in a court of law.