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Former Eureka Police Chief Charged With Rape

Posted March 22, 2002 9:43 a.m. EST

— A former small town police chief is out on bond Friday morning after being charged with statutory rape.

Larry Todd is accused of having sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl in 1999. He was more than twice her age at the time.

Todd was a patrol officer in Kenly in the late 1980s before taking the chief's job in Eureka in 1989. Most people who knew Todd said they are surprised the man who promised to protect them would face such a charge.

"When they work for you, you see them going and coming and you see nothing like that, and so it's a surprise to hear that that has happened," said resident Linda Wise.

Todd has been out of law enforcement for about eight years now. He now lives in the Clayton area.