Former Nelson County Sheriff Brooks Enters Alford Pleas

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A former Nelson County sheriff has avoided any additional time behind bars now that he is convicted in an unlawful filming case.

William David Brooks entered Alford pleas Monday, November 28, to unlawful dissemination of images and malfeasance - or misusing his position as sheriff.

An Alford plea means Brooks does not admit guilt, but recognizes there was enough evidence to convict him.

As part of the plea agreement, two other charges - including felony embezzlement - were dropped. A Lynchburg Circuit Court judge suspended Brooks’ 24-month sentence (12 months on each of the two charges).

Brooks and his former lieutenant, Rebecca “Becky” Adcock, were accused of secretly filming a former campaign opponent in a Lynchburg motel room in 2013. According to court documents, the two defendants took pictures and videos of Mac Bridgewater without his consent while he was naked in a motel room. Brooks was accused of trying to use the video to coerce, harass or intimidate.

Adcock was charged with obstruction of justice and unlawfully videotaping of another. She pleaded guilty and a judge suspended her sentence.

Brooks served as sheriff from 2007 until the end of 2015, when he retired from the position. A judge ordered Brooks to complete 50 hours of community service, and allow his law enforcement certificate to lapse. Brooks cannot serve in law enforcement for five years.

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