Governor suspends Pickens councilman indicted on child sex crime

Governor McMaster has suspended Councilman Donald McKinney after McKinney was charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor by SLED.
Published: Dec. 6, 2022 at 4:13 PM EST
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PICKENS, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Governor of South Carolina suspended a Pickens City councilman accused of sexually abusing a teenager.

Donald McKinney, 75, was arrested in October and charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor. According to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, McKinney groped and performed oral sex on a victim who was between ages 14 and 16.

He was indicted for second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor by a grand jury on Tuesday.

Governor Henry McMaster issued an executive order after the indictment, suspending McKinney from office until he is “formally acquitted, convicted, or until a duly elected successor is qualified and takes the oath of office.”

Below is the full executive order released by the Governor’s office:

FOX Carolina has reached out to the Attorney General’s Office for more information on the indictment.