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Suspended South Carolina sheriff pleads not guilty

GREENVILLE (AP) — A South Carolina sheriff suspended this week after being charged with misconduct in office and obstruction of justice has pleaded not guilty.

Suspended Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis was arraigned April 19 and was given a bond that does not require him to post any money.

Lewis would not talk with reporters after the hearing.

Lewis is accused of failing to properly carry out his duties through a series of improper acts between Jan. 12, 2017, and Feb. 13. The obstruction charge stems from events between Apr. 25, 2017, and Feb. 13.

The charge comes after a female employee sued Lewis, accusing him of drugging and sexually assaulted her. He has acknowledged having sex with her but denied assault allegations.

Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

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