Ex-SC official to stay in jail after prostitution bust
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A former member of the board that oversees South Carolina highways will have to stay in jail until a federal court hearing to determine if he violated probation when authorities say he tried to hire a prostitute.
Prosecutors said John Hardee texted an undercover officer posing as a prostitute and arranged a $40 sex act just hours after he was sentenced Aug. 7 to probation and house arrest but not jail time for obstructing a bribery investigation.
News outlets report the 72-year-old former state Department of Transportation commissioner was brought into court Wednesday in a wheelchair because of a recent fall following knee and back surgery.
A hearing to decide if Hardee violated probation hasn’t been scheduled.
Hardee had faced up to 20 years in prison on the obstruction charge.