Sneads- Sneads Police Chief, Burt McAlpin originally got into trouble for allegedly mishandling a child molestation case. Sneads City Manager, Connie Butts recalled the situation:
"The case had to do with a teenage girl who accused her stepfather of molesting her. My chief of police interviewed her, did what he could but then turned it over to another agency and that's where it was handled. And as I said before, the stepfather was found not guilty."
But, the child's grandfather filed a complaint with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) against McAlpin. The FDLE, along with the Criminal Justice and Standards Commission found cause, and ruled McAlpin serve an 18 month suspension, followed by two years of probation. McAlpin remained on the job, pending his appeal.
Then, Butts told us, McAlpin's attorney discovered the prosecutor in the case was also serving as the judge's adviser.
"They mishandled it! The attorney for the commission was also being the adviser. There were several misconceptions there" she said.
So McAlpin will likely get a new hearing, and the City of Sneads planned to continue to pay for his legal expenses, $80,000 so far.
"The town of Sneads has managed to pay for it so far. It goes into legal fees in the police department's budget" Butts explained, adding she was just ready for the entire ordeal to be over.
"This has gone on for so many years and is such a farce. The best thing for everybody would be to just drop it. Let it go."
McAlpin was not available for comment Tuesday.