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Former Simpsonville police officer arrested by SLED

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George Ralph Bobo (Source: Greenville Co. Detention Center) George Ralph Bobo (Source: Greenville Co. Detention Center)
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Former Simpsonville police officer George Ralph Bobo was arrested by agents from the State Law Enforcement Division on Tuesday.

Bobo, 53, who is known to most people by his middle name, was charged with obstructing justice and misconduct in office.

According to arrest warrants released by SLED, sometime between March 27, 2000, and Jan. 17, 2012, Bobo discarded or disposed of potential physical evidence collected during an ongoing homicide investigation.

During a news conference Tuesday, 13th Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins said the warrants are in reference to an investigation into the Sept. 22, 1984, death of 20-year-old Cassandra Johnson, which is unsolved.

Johnson's mother, Robbie Davis, said she felt betrayed by Bobo, that he even knew her daughter because they went to high school together. She said Bobo promised the family that he would do everything he could to bring them closure.

Wilkins said it is now likely the case will never be able to move forward.

"Now, we have a piece of material evidence that we no longer have that we can no longer test," Wilkins said. "And it ultimately taints a significant part of the case. Therefore, making it very difficult to pursue a potential suspect in this case."

Bobo is well-known to the media in the Greenville area. He served as the public information officer at the Simpsonville Police Department for several years before resigning.

According to Detective Ben Ford, spokesman for the Mauldin Police Department, Bobo served as a patrol officer at the department after leaving Simpsonville. Ford said Bobo abruptly resigned from that position the first week in February.

Bobo's lawyer Jim Bannister said his client asserts his innocence.

"He is and has been a good investigator for each of the different law enforcement agencies that's he's worked with," Bannister said.

Bobo was released from the Greenville County Detention Center on $60,000 bond.

If convicted, Bobo faces up to 10 years in prison on each charge.

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