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Maury Co. Commissioner Expected In Court Over Stalking Charges

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Maury County Commissioner William Roddy spoke with NewsChannel5 in January. Maury County Commissioner William Roddy spoke with NewsChannel5 in January.

MT. PLEASANT, Tenn. - A Maury County commissioner accused of stalking a police officer was expected to be in court to face those charges.

Commissioner William Roddy was arrested in January when the wife of a Mt. Pleasant police officer said she saw him parked in their driveway late at night, watching their home.

Mt. Pleasant Police Chief Tommy Goetz said the claims of stalking started after the officer ticketed Commissioner Roddy for running a stop sign and not having valid car insurance.

Roddy said he was innocent and the arrest was just retaliation for his Facebook posts. He said he posted comments about a Mt. Pleasant speed trap that started a chain of events that landed him in jail.

In a Facebook post Roddy showed NewsChannel5, he wrote, "… we have the police laying (sic) in wait to write tickets and again in my opinion to go gain monetary funds to support the Police Dept. that is over budget."

In the post, Roddy insinuated the police force thought they were above the law.

"Maybe we need to look at some of the rules which they are required to go by, like obeying the laws like everyone else, have seen police cars speeding not stopping at a red lights got to checking on just the Dept. Heads with the Police Dept. and none of them live in the city and PAY no property taxes. Maybe in my Opinion the time has come for the good citizens of Mt. Pleasant to say ENOUGH is ENOUGH," he wrote. (Punctuation and capitalization left as was written.)

Goetz said there was more to the case than posts on social media.

"I get a phone call early Saturday morning saying that the officer was off duty. He was at home and his wife came home at 1:30 in the morning from work and found Mr. Roddy sitting in their driveway behind our patrol car," said Goetz.

Roddy said it was impossible for the officer's wife to see the car she said she saw because it had not moved from his own driveway in two weeks.

"If I was in her driveway, why didn't she stop and say, 'What are you doing in my driveway?' She's lying. She's telling a bare-faced lie," said Roddy.

Chief Goetz said the driveway incident was not the first.

"The officer would be sitting in a parking lot running radar, and Roddy would ride back and forth or sit and watch him and that type of thing," he said.

"That's a state road," said Roddy. "I got a right to be on that road any time I want. I pay taxes. As far as looking at somebody, I got the right to look at somebody. That's the kind of childish stuff we're up against."

Chief Goetz said he stands by his officer. Roddy said he was innocent.

"She's absolutely lying, and I'll tell you what I'll do – I will take a lie detector test and pay for it, if she will take it because my car ain't been moved in two weeks," said Roddy.

Roddy said he was thinking of getting an attorney to sue the officer and his wife for defamation.

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