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Documents sealed for now in Sheriff Metts case

COLUMBIA (AP) — A federal judge has sealed the sworn statements that led to the indictment of Lexington County Sheriff James Metts.

Prosecutors asked to keep the documents from the public because it might jeopardize an ongoing investigation.

Metts was indicted last week. Authorities say he took bribes from a restaurant owner to help his workers who were in the country illegally and had been detained by the police.

Agents did search two officers at the sheriff’s department last week. Court documents released Monday show they took computers, appointment books, written notes, incident reports, an iPhone and a cassette tape in a recorder attached to a telephone in Metts’ office.

Metts’ first court appearance is scheduled for July 1.

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