Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin, who endorsed Republican candidate Roy Moore in last year’s Alabama Senate race, now stands accused himself of sexual misconduct with underage girls, including allegations of rape.
According to Mary Elizabeth Cross, 41, Entrekin hosted drug- and alcohol-fueled parties in the early 1990s at his lakeside property, which is where she first met him; she was 15 years old and he was 29.
That summer night in 1992 would be the first of four times she and Entrekin had sex, Cross said, among numerous sexual encounters she would have with other law enforcement officials as well.
Cross, who grew up in Attalla but currently lives in Tuscaloosa, says that she did not attempt to refuse Entrekin's advances, but that she also personally watched him rape another underage girl who repeatedly said no. Entrekin denied ever knowing Cross, who also goes by the name Elizabeth Williams and was born Mary Elizabeth Buckner, names he also said he did not recognize.
The encounters allegedly took place in a camper on a piece of property Entrekin still owns in Rainbow City, where Cross says he also provided her and other young girls with alcohol, cocaine and cash on multiple occasions.
According to Cross, Entrekin was aware she was underage at the times they had sex, which she said was on four separate occasions during a two-month period.
At that time, Entrekin was commander of the Etowah County Sheriff's Office's drug task force.
"I was 15. It was right before my sixteenth birthday and I remember telling everyone I couldn't wait to turn 16 so I could drive," she said. "We ended up at the lake house that night, and that's where I had sex with Entrekin."
In the early nineties, Entrekin would often host wild parties in a camper - referred to by him and his friends as "the lake house" - on a piece of waterfront land he owns on Charada Lake Road in Rainbow City, according to Cross and a female friend of hers who was also a minor at the time of the alleged incidents.
Cross said Entrekin didn’t partake of the drugs himself — he only drank alcohol — but that drugs were used to entice and ply the girls into having sex.
Entrekin denied Cross’s allegations, telling AL.com he had “never had sex with any 15-year-old girl or had drugs around or anything”, adding he had never done drugs in his life.
Donald Rhea, Entrekin’s attorney, wrote a letter to Etowah County District Attorney Jody Willoughby asking for a state agency to investigate Cross’s claims:
"Sheriff Entrekin has instructed me to convey to you his request that this matter be immediately forwarded to the State Bureau of Investigation or to the appropriate investigatory entity so that the things and matters alleged to have occurred be thoroughly and immediately investigated by an independent agency," the letter says.
Rhea also called for an investigation into the emergence of Cross's claims decades after the alleged incidents took place.