Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis has been suspended by Gov. Henry McMaster after he was indicted on charges of misconduct in office and obstruction of justice.
Former Sheriff Johnny Mack Brown has been appointed to serve as sheriff while the charges are adjudicated. Brown served six terms as sheriff. He also served as a U.S. Marshal from 2002 to 2009.
Sixteenth Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett said in a press release his office was in contact with Lewis’ lawyers to coordinate a time for Lewis to turn himself in for booking, arraignment, and bond setting.
Brackett said the State Law Enforcement Division investigation is active and ongoing, and additional charges are possible at some point in the future.
Lewis’ former assistant Savannah Nabors filed a lawsuit in October 2017 alleging that Lewis sexually assaulted her on a March 2017 business trip to Charlotte.
Lewis later held a press conference where he said he had a consensual encounter with Nabors and called Nabors’ rape and harassment claims false.
McMaster’s executive order is here.
Greenville Police Department Chief Ken Miller congratulated Brown and pledged his support.
“Sheriff Brown enjoys a long and distinguished career in law enforcement as well as an impeccable record and reputation of service to our community and state,” Miller said. “The Greenville Police Department pledges its full support to Sheriff Brown and the many honorable employees of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office as they strive to refocus their efforts in serving those living, working, and visiting our incredible community.”
April 17, 4:41 p.m.: This story has been updated.