No charges against police chief

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Update: 5:00 pm, 5/16/19, Thursday 

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — No charges will be filed against Tolono Police Chief Rick Raney.

Raney took time off while he was under criminal investigation. Now, he’s decide to retire.

The state’s attorney’s office wouldn’t release any information regarding the investigation. They just said the things Raney was accused of happened in the 1970s. Because it was so long ago, the state’s attorney says it’s beyond the statute of limitations.

They said the accusations did not have anything to do with Raney’s career with the police department.

Tolono Village President Robert Murphy released this statement:

As of right now, Rick is planning on retiring. I do not have a date nor has he filed any paperwork yet. He is currently on personal time and no longer on administrative leave until a date is decided.

Raney has been at the department for more than 20-years. He could not be reached for comment. 

Original: 1:10 pm, 5/16/19, Thursday

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — The state’s attorney’s office issued the following statement regarding the case of Richard Raney: 

The Illinois State Police has concluded the investigation forwarded from the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office and forwarded the report to the State’s Attorney’s Office.  Following review of the investigation, we have determined that the alleged incidents, if true, would have occurred in the 1970’s, and accordingly lapses in the statute of limitations bar prosecution. Furthermore, the ISP investigation did not provide any corroborating evidence to support the allegations, making it unlikely that a criminal charge would be viable if the statute of limitations did not bar prosecution. The allegations are unrelated to Raney’s law enforcement career. At this time, we consider the criminal investigation closed.

Raney is the police chief in Tolono. No details were ever provided regarding the reason for the investigation by state police. 

Tolono Village President Robert Murphy said Richard Raney is retiring.  He served the community for more than 20 years.

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