Things are about to go from bad to worse for embattled Greenville County, South Carolina sheriff Will Lewis.
According to our sources, at least two additional women are preparing to accuse the scandal-scarred Upstate law enforcement officer of making inappropriate sexual advances toward them in the workplace. One woman is reportedly a Greenville County employee, while the other is said to have worked with Lewis in private practice prior to his election as sheriff last fall.
It’s not clear when these women are planning to step forward … or whether others will follow them.
Apparently there’s no shortage of questionable behavior on the part of this so-called “family values” law man.
On August 31, this news site published an exclusive report on allegations made against Lewis by a former female subordinate. His accuser, 23-year-old Savannah Nabors, claims Lewis drugged and raped her in a Charlotte, North Carolina hotel room on March 7 of this year.
“He’s a church-going man, strong in his faith,” the former sheriff’s office employee wrote in a since-deleted blog post. “You think he could never be capable of something so manipulative, so hypocritical. The man that you think is legal, ethical, and moral is anything but those things.”
Nabors’ claims have prompted an investigation by the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) – news of which was also exclusively reported by this news site.
That investigation is ongoing …
Last week, we broke the biggest news yet related to this case – the filing of Nabors’ lawsuit against Lewis.
In her pleading, Nabors offered details regarding the alleged sexual assault – which she claimed took place during a business trip. Not only that, she provided numerous audio recordings in which Lewis discussed his plans to defraud Greenville County taxpayers in the furtherance of an affair with her.
And his plans to cover it up …
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“Ain’t nobody gonna find out,” Lewis told Nabors (above) in one of these recordings.
“Nobody is going to find out. That’s the whole point,” Lewis reiterated, referring to a taxpayer-funded trip he intended to use as a romantic getaway for the two of them.
This website has already called on Lewis to resign, arguing that he has “lost the trust and the respect of (his) community … and (his) officers.”
We’re told several other influential Upstate leaders have pleaded with Lewis to resign, including some of his closet political allies.
Will he heed those calls?
It doesn’t seem likely … although if more women step forward with evidence, Lewis might not have a choice.
Most law enforcement officers go on leave pending the outcome of investigations like this one, but Lewis is continuing to serve. Also, unless he is indicted on a crime of moral turpitude – governor Henry McMaster cannot suspend him from his job.
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