Officer William D. Welch entered an Alford plea (no admission of guilt but concedes there is enough evidence to convict) and was sentenced to 10 years suspended prison and 3 years of probation and was forced to quit his job as a police officer.
Officer Welch is accused of raping the girl inside the station house. Crucial evidence in the case, the rape kit, the victims clothing, wet wipes containing DNA from the officer and the victim, mysteriously “disappeared” before the trial.
According to the victim’s testimony Officer Welch told the girl that a charge for marijuana possession would “disappear” if the girl preformed the sexual act. She said Officer Welch helped her dispose of the marijuana down the toilet in the station.