Union Co. Sheriff indicted; charged with misconduct in office and disseminating obscenity

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) – Union County Sheriff David Taylor was indicted Thursday and charged with one count of misconduct in office and one count of disseminating obscene material.

The indictment and charges against Taylor were announced by South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson.

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

READ: Full David Taylor indictment documents

Interim Sheriff Sam White took the oath for the position Thursday evening. He’s the former police chief for Union Police.

“Around 10 o’clock or so when I got the phone call and they asked me if I would be interested,” said Union County Interim Sheriff, Sam White.

Even though he said he was surprised to get the call, he already has some issues in mind he told us are high on his to-do list.

“We’ll be fair and honest with the public in whatever the situations are we encounter as law enforcement officers,” White said.

Details from a SLED investigation into Sheriff Taylor regarding similar accusations, were released earlier this year.

That lead to a handful of county leaders calling for his resignation.

“Once council had the opportunity to review the SLED report, council made a decision to ask the sheriff to step down,” said Union County Supervisor, Frank Hart.

Same goes for this Union County resident and host of the K-C Show.

“I do believe we needed a change of leadership in the sheriff’s department even if it is a temporary interim,” said K-C Show Host, Kyle Brannon.

And while the interim sheriff gets ready for his new role, he told us it’s important to not focus on the department’s past.

“That’s not a good situation for him, or for his family, or for this community or this department but we’re going to put that behind us and move forward,” White said.

An arraignment is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Circuit Court where Taylor will be served with the indictment and have bond set.

This case is being investigated by the State Law Enforcement Division.

7 News reached out to Sheriff Taylor who said he was out of town on vacation and had no comment at this time.

Governor Henry McMaster issued an executive order Thursday afternoon suspending Sheriff Taylor.

McMaster has appointed former Union Public Safety Chief Sam White to serve as sheriff.

White was sworn in during a ceremony at the Union County Court around 5:15pm.

A new sheriff will be elected in November after Taylor lost in a primary election in June.

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

Watch full swearing in ceremony:

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