Union County Sheriff Taylor Indicted

Replaced by McMaster with Former City of Union Police Chief Sam White

Emily Gill
July 09, 2020 - 3:52 pm
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Released by the SC Attorney General.

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the Union Grand Jury returned indictments against Union County Sheriff David Taylor.

He was charged with one count of Misconduct in Office and one count of Disseminating Obscene Material.

The misconduct offense is a common law misdemeanor, punishable by up to ten years in prison.

The obscenity violation is a statutory felony according to SC Code Section 16-15-305 punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine no less than $10,000, or both.

The indictment alleges Taylor sent messages to a citizen of Union County that were lewd and inappropriate and included an obscene photo.  

An arraignment will be scheduled in the Circuit Court where Taylor will be served with the indictment and have a bond setting on the charges.

This case is being investigated by the State Law Enforcement Division and will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.

Attorney General Wilson stressed every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.


Released by the Office of the Governor.

Following the indictment of Union County Sheriff David Taylor, Governor Henry McMaster issued Executive Order 2020-43, suspending Taylor from office and appointing former City of Union Police Chief Sam White to serve as sheriff until Taylor is acquitted, convicted, the indictment is otherwise disposed of, or until a sheriff is elected and qualifies in the next general election

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