Ex-Village People cop may stay at the J-A-I-L

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- Victor Willis, the original policeman in the 1970s disco band the Village People, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to drug possession and giving false identification to a police officer.

His arrest Sunday ended a five-month search for the former hitmaker.

Willis, 54, was pulled over by a South San Francisco police officer for a routine traffic stop but was arrested after cocaine and drug paraphernalia was found in his car, Lt. Jeff Azzopardi said.

Willis, who co-wrote such hits as "YMCA" and "In the Navy," left the Village People in 1980.

His case was first featured on the television crime show "America's Most Wanted" in December.

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: