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Abbeville Co. Sheriff resigns; coroner assumes duties

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Abbeville County Sheriff Charles Goodwin. (Abbeville Co. Sheriff's Office) Abbeville County Sheriff Charles Goodwin. (Abbeville Co. Sheriff's Office)
ABBEVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Abbeville County Coroner Ronnie Ashley has assumed the duties of the county's sheriff Tuesday after Sheriff Charles Goodwin resigned following an indictment from a state grand jury.

According to the indictment charging Goodwin with misconduct in office, the sheriff is accused of demanding and receiving cash kickbacks from county funds paid between January 1998 and November 2011. The funds were paid to a local auto body repair shop during that timeframe, according to the indictment.

Goodwin is also accused of using an inmate from the South Carolina Department of Corrections to perform work on his personal vehicles and his family's property.

Godfrey said the governor will appoint an interim sheriff until a special election can be held. Until the appointment is made, the county coroner is required by law to serve as interim sheriff. Ashley said he was sworn in Tuesday afternoon.

A hearing is scheduled for noon Friday in Greenville County General Sessions Court.

If convicted of the misdemeanor, Goodwin faces up to 10 years in prison.

Goodwin, a Democrat, was re-elected as sheriff in November.

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