Retired Michigan police sergeant accused of molesting children for years while on duty
A retired Flint, Michigan, police sergeant was arraigned Friday on charges of multiple counts of sexual misconduct involving children, occuring between the years 1996 until 1999, according to MLive.
Lawrence B. Woods, 66, currently faces 16 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with each count carrying a minimum of 25 years in prison.
According to Sgt. Karl Petrich of the Flint Police Department, investigators believe some of the alleged assaults occurred while Woods was on duty.
“There were incidents inside the police department and out on the street in police vehicles and on city property,” Petrich said.
Police raided four homes on Thursday, where they believed Woods lives or has stayed and discovered what Petrich described as a “large amount” of child pornography.
“These victims were photographed, we believe, by him in his apartment and at a local hotel room,” he said, adding that hundreds of the photos depicted what appeared to be minors.
Two women have come forward so far claiming that Woods sexually assaulted them when they were under-aged and investigators say they are still searching for more victims.
Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell commended the Flint Police Department for taking the case seriously, saying, “The Flint Police Department investigated one of their own with no stone unturned, which tells the public out there that no one is above the law.”
Woods joined the Flint Police Department in 1975, but Flint officials were uncertain when her retired from the force.
Woods is currently being held without bail in the Genesee County Jail with a court appearance slated for October 2.
[Woods Mugshot via Flint Police Department]