No, this is NOT a picture of Todd Fort!
Just for our Todd Fort saga fans…we thought it might be judicious at the point to run this shot that has apparently been going around the cyber world since Monday night this week (August 2), with some people declaring that this was Todd Fort, in the company of what appeared to be an underage blonde, at a well-known bar in Marion, Whisker Willy’s.
The photographer initially believed it to be Fort, who remains incarcerated at the Jackson County Jail in Murphysboro, held on multiple sex assault and official misconduct charges. The man and the young girl were in the company of several other people, according to the report. Just as the photographer had his wits enough about him to realize that if this were Fort, he was out of JAIL, and that this would be a novel matter, he raised the phone to snap the pic…but the man had turned and was on his way out.
A firestorm of info occurred, and ultimately it reached us. We called Jackson County and inquired as to whether Fort had made bond; they said he hadn’t. Apparently, others did the same…being disconcerted about the jailer’s questions as to who was calling regarding the matter (we always tell people up front who we are, but we’re the media and that’s kinda customary. Ordinary citizens sometimes don’t feel comfortable doing that, and we don’t blame them, as it IS public information after all and they should tell the public without raising an inquisition first.) So we’ll just warn you up front: if you call the jail in Murphysboro, they’re going to ask you who you are before they answer your questions…if they answer them.
Later, the photographer figured out that it wasn’t Fort, it was Tom Maynor, former Galatia cop, apparently just enjoying a night on the town. But it did create quite a stir. So we figured we’d make sure that if any of you get a cell phone forward with this pic proclaiming it was Fort, we might clear it up for you as the photographer did for us.
Because, after all…there wouldn’t be anyone in MARION who would have the authority to get Todd Fort out of jail, put him in street clothes, find a girl roughly his “type” to accompany him, and take him out for drinks so they could “chat,” then take him BACK to the jail…now, is there…?…
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