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Mayor: Lyman officer put on leave following obstruction charges

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Michael Hames (Source: Spartanburg County Detention Center) Michael Hames (Source: Spartanburg County Detention Center)
Hames was given a $20,000 personal recognizance on Monday. (Jan. 13, 2014/FOX Carolina) Hames was given a $20,000 personal recognizance on Monday. (Jan. 13, 2014/FOX Carolina)
LYMAN, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A police officer for the city of Lyman is facing charges of obstruction of justice and misconduct, according to warrants obtained by FOX Carolina News.

Michael Gerald Hames, 44, has been charged with obstructing justice and misconduct in office by the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division, the warrants said.

The warrants stated that between Aug. 12 and Aug. 16 Hames "did knowingly and willfully alter and destroy evidence related to an active criminal investigation with the intent to impede, obstruct, interfere with, or influence the proper administration of the criminal justice function."

The office of mayor Rodney Turner told FOX Carolina that Hames was put on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation by SLED.

Hames was given a $20,000 personal recognizance bond on Monday night, according to FOX Carolina photojournalists in court.

While SLED arrested Hames, they could not comment further because his arrest is related to a case they are actively working on.

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