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Solicitor: No charges filed after SLED investigation into inmate worker program

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A SLED investigation into allegations of misconduct related to the State Inmate Worker Program at the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office has been closed and the law enforcement agency said no criminal charges would be recommended. 

Solicitor David Wagner confirmed former Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Captain Garry Bryant would not face any charges in connection with the case.

Bryant was terminated from as jail administrator in Anderson County in May after more than 10 years with the agency.

“My determination is that while there were potential violations of the Program parameters, no conduct by any Sheriff’s Office employee rose to the level of criminal culpability.” Wagner stated in an e-mail. “Further, it is my impression that new measures have been taken administratively by the Sheriff’s Office to avoid future problems of a similar nature.”

Bryant released this statement Thursday:

“The purpose of this release is to inform the public of the results of the SLED investigation requested by the Sheriff that began back in May in reference to the use of inmate labor at the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center.  The SC State Law Enforcement Division conducted an investigation and last week the results of the investigation were provided to the 10th Circuit Solicitor David Wagner for his review.  After his review, Solicitor Wagner sent a letter to SLED closing the case citing insufficient evidence to support any criminal charge. 

I knew from the beginning that I had done nothing wrong and I appreciate SLED and the 10th Circuit Solicitor’s investigation and subsequent review that has cleared my name.

This is the only statement that I will make on this matter as I simply want to move on with my life.  I do want to thank my family, friends, and coworkers for the amazing support given to me during this time.”

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