Suspended Lexington sheriff expected in court


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's longest-serving sheriff is scheduled to appear in federal court for arraignment on bribery charges.

Lexington County Sheriff James Metts is expected in court Tuesday. He faces charges of taking bribes and is also charged with wire fraud and conspiracy.

Court documents say Metts allowed friends to buy favors, accepting cash in return for agreeing to assist people who were in the country illegally and who were being detained.

A federal judge has ordered sealed the sworn statements that led to Metts' indictment. Court documents show agents have removed materials including computers, appointment books and written notes from the sheriff's office.

Gov. Nikki Haley has suspended Metts from office, and Lewis McCarty is serving as acting sheriff.

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