Suspended Union Co. sheriff turns himself in following arraignment hearing


UNION COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Suspended Union County Sheriff David Taylor turned himself into the Union County Jail on Tuesday after appearing in court for an arraignment hearing.

Taylor was indicted by the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office last week.

The indictment claims Taylor sent messages to a Union County citizen in 2015 that were lewd, inappropriate and contained an obscene photo.

Taylor was at the center of a SLED investigation earlier this year, with similar accusations, and was asked by the Union County Council to resign back in February, but he refused.

It wasn’t until last Thursday that he stepped down after Governor Henry McMaster suspended him.

Taylor was charged with one count of misconduct in office and one count of disseminating obscene material.

In court, Taylor’s attorney requested a personal recognizance bond and asked that Taylor turn himself in at the jail.

The judge issued a $5,000 PR bond, ordered that Taylor have no contact with the victim, and told him to report to the Union County Jail for processing.

Immediately following the hearing, Taylor turned himself in at the jail and quickly bonded out.

7 News reached out to Taylor for comment but we never heard back.

We also reached out to Taylor’s attorney, but we were told they would not be releasing an official statement.

Former Union Police Chief Sam White is now serving as the interim sheriff until November when a new sheriff will be elected.

Democrat Jeff Bailey will face Republican Thom McAbee in the general election.

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