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Abbeville Co. votes to investigate sheriff's office

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The Abbeville County Council votes to investigate the sheriff's office. (July 9, 2012/FOX Carolina) The Abbeville County Council votes to investigate the sheriff's office. (July 9, 2012/FOX Carolina)
ABBEVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Abbeville County Council voted Monday night to investigate the sheriff's office following allegations of a sex tape involving Sheriff Charles Goodwin.

Council members passed the motion Monday calling for the investigation, which will be conducted by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

The accusation became public about two weeks ago when a woman, Mary Hedden, went before the county council to tell them a tape shows the sheriff and a female deputy together.

The video dated May 2001 shows Goodwin walking to a room used by the sheriff's office. Goodwin told FOX Carolina he made a mistake, but questioned the timing of the tape's release as he heads into the November election as an incumbent.

FOX Carolina spoke with Hedden who said her son - who used to work with the sheriff's office - was charged with misconduct in office for an unrelated incident. Hedden said the sheriff should be charged too.

"I do appreciate them taking the initiative to go ahead and get SLED involved, and as I understand SLED is involved," said Hedden. "But I don't think that they have gotten all of the evidence as a whole of the Sheriff's Department and maybe now that one of the councilmen has brought forward some other evidence, that it'll all be presented to the SLED agents and let them handle things now."

Goodwin was not at Monday's meeting. Because he is an elected official, the county council does not have the authority to investigate accusations against him.

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