An attorney for Will Lewis has issued a statement on Tuesday after a grand jury indicted Lewis on charges and the South Carolina governor suspended him from the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.
A grand jury issued true bills of indictment charging Lewis with misconduct in office and obstruction of justice. The indictments state Lewis "willfully and dishonestly failed to properly and faithfully discharge his duties as the Greenville County Sheriff through a series of improper acts" between January 2017 and February 2018.
They also allege that between April 2017 and February 2018, Lewis "purposely attempted to prevent, obstruct, impede or hinder the administration of justice," as SLED investigated allegations against him.
Fayssoux and Landis law firm, which is among the attorneys representing Lewis, issued the following statement on the indictments:Our client is aware of the charges, although at this time we don’t know any of the specifics as they are simply vague allegations of misconduct in office and obstruction of justice. We will continue to cooperate with the investigating authorities and Solicitor Bracken on the next phase of this process and anticipate being formally presented with the indictments on Thursday. Sheriff Lewis adamantly denies any wrongdoing or misconduct in office and certainly did not interfere with an investigation he personally requested. We look forward to receiving the SLED report and the purported basis for the allegations and have no further comment until we do. Lawyer James Fayssoux Jr. said the firm is holding additional comment until after an arraignment hearing on Thursday for Lewis and their receipt of the indictments.
Beattie Ashmore and Butch Bowers are also representing Lewis.