Governor suspends Upstate county councilman charged with domestic violence

Matthew Durham is currently facing multiple domestic violence charges
Published: May. 13, 2022 at 3:44 PM EDT|Updated: 8 hours ago
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MOUNTAIN REST, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - An Oconee County councilman is facing charges after a domestic violence incident.

According to arrest warrants, 38-year-old Matthew Durham is accused of committing multiple acts of domestic violence between 2020 and 2021 in front of two children.

The warrants state a child tried to intervene to protect the victim.

Durham is charged with domestic violence and unlawful neglect of a child. The case was investigated by SLED at the request of Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw.

On May 5, 2022, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster issued an executive order suspending Durham from office. According to the order, Durham is suspended until he is formally acquitted or convicted.