Suspended SC sheriff denies giving inmates treats


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A suspended South Carolina sheriff is free on bond as he faces charges of official misconduct and giving favored inmates extra benefits.

Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker appeared before a judge Friday. He was indicted earlier this week and suspended from office by Gov. Nikki Haley

Parker is charged with four counts of misconduct in office and two counts of furnishing contraband to inmates. Each charge is a misdemeanor with a possible sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

Parker is accused of letting friends carry badges without training, giving away weapons to people he knew, and letting inmates have unsupervised visits with women and sleep outside jail with access to TV and alcohol.

Parker's attorney says he didn't witness or take part in any of the alleged crimes.

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