Lakeland Police officer arrested by homicide detectives

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Lakeland, Florida --  Polk County Sheriff's homicide detectives arrested a Lakeland Police officer Monday morning on charges of Unlawful Compensation and Misuse of Confidential Information.

They say they tracked him down through cell phone records of the person of interest in the disappearance of missing lottery winner, Abraham Shakespeare.

Detectives say Troy McKay Young, 42, received compensation for providing a woman with information he obtained through law enforcement databases.

The woman, Dorice "Dee Dee" Moore, was named as a person of interest in the disappearance of a Polk County lottery winner.

Read: Sheriff Grady Judd:  Lottery winner may have met "sinister demise to life"

Shakespeare was reported missing in November of 2009 and has not been seen or heard from since April 2009.

Moore has said she helped Shakespeare disappear because he wanted to get away from people trying to get money from him.

Polk County detectives say Young met Moore through an acquaintance and that Moore told him she wanted to write a story about Abraham Shakespeare and needed his help to corroborate information. 

Detectives also say Moore, who has been a patrol officer with LPD since 1990, admitted he used law enforcement databases to retrieve information on people through tag numbers given to him by Moore.

Detectives' reports say, "In November 2009, regarding Young's actions, he did solicit and accept a pecuniary benefit which was not authorized by law (he was off duty and not working a special detail sanctioned by the Lakeland police Department), and he represented as being, within the official discretion as a public servant, in violation of his public duty."

Young admitted that in exchange for the information and other law enforcement services, Moore gave him a $200 check and a round-trip plane ticket for Young's daughter.

Sheriff Grady Judd says Young was hooked by Moore in the same way they think Abraham Shakespeare was. 

"So, someone else associated with Dee Dee Moore is in trouble and it's important for everyone to recognize anyone who has had illegal dealings with Dee Dee Moore, if our detectives haven't talked to you yet, they will," said Sheriff Judd.

Young was booked into the Polk County jail Monday morning and bonded out later in the afternoon.

Lakeland Police tell 10 Connects, Young has been on paid administrative leave since about January 10, when they were first notified of the investigation. 

That could change, pending the outcome of an internal review, according to the public information officer.

Sheriff Judd called Dee Dee Moore a con.  He says she moved $1.8 million in cash and assets from Shakespeare's name into her own between January 2009 and April 2009 when he was last heard from.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading them to Shakespeare.  Earlier this month, Sheriff Judd said he fears Shakespeare may be dead.

Laura Kadechka, 10 Connects

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