GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – The 16th Circuit Solicitor’s Office confirms that they are currently reviewing part of a 7 month investigation into Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis.
Lewis self reported to the State Law Enforcement Division in August after his former assistant, Savanah Nabors, posted a blog saying she was sexually harassed and assaulted during her employment.
Sheriff Lewis held a press conference days after the blog, stating that he had a sexual encounter with Nabors, but denied any criminal wrongdoing.
Following the press conference Governor Henry McMaster, Lt. Governor Kevin Bryant, Greenville County Council, along with several other politicians called for Lewis to step down, to which he refused.
Nabors is also suing Sheriff Lewis, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, Greenville County, and County Administrator Joseph Kernell. That lawsuit is now in Federal Court. A Magistrate Judge has recommended that Kernell and Greenville County be removed from the lawsuit.
Immediately after SLED started their investigation, 10th Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins conflicted the case to be reviewed by 5th Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson. Johnson is now facing his own state investigation for misuse of funds. Johnson is being represented by Greenville attorney Beatty Ashemore, who is also representing Will Lewis. Because of that conflict of interest, the Attorney General moved the review of Lewis’ case to Solicitor Kevin Brackett in the 16th Circuit.
Brackett’s Office confirmed on Friday that they are currently reviewing part of the case, which means the investigation is nearing completion after 7 months.
Lewis has remained in office during the investigation. Lewis can only be removed from office if he is charged with a crime of moral turpitude.