In arguably the most compelling rebuke of his leadership, the command staff serving under embattled Greenville County, South Carolina sheriff Will Lewis has reportedly approached him and asked him to resign.
It’s not immediately clear which ranking officers participated in this attempted intervention, but we’re told the majority of Lewis top deputies were involved in this private “Come to Jesus” meeting.
Lewis refused to heed their call …
“He made (it) clear he’s not going anywhere,” a source familiar with the meeting told us.
This news site was the first media outlet in the state to call on Lewis to step down. Since then numerous elected officials around the Palmetto State have followed our lead.
Meanwhile Lewis’ employer – the county of Greenville – has also asked him to step down.
On August 31, this news site published an exclusive report detailing seismic allegations leveled against Lewis by his 23-year-old former subordinate Savannah Nabors (below).
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“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.”
Specifically, Nabors accused Lewis of drugging and raping her during a business trip to Charlotte, N.C. in March of this year. These claims 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 month we broke the biggest news yet related to this case – the filing of Nabors’ bombshell lawsuit against Lewis. In her pleading, Nabors offered details regarding the alleged sexual assault – as well as numerous audio recordings in which Lewis discussed his plans to defraud Greenville County taxpayers in the furtherance of an affair with her.
That was when we called for him to step down … and when the drumbeat of this scandal began to reach its crescendo.
So far Lewis has successfully resisted all calls for his resignation – and unless he is indicted on a crime of moral turpitude, he will remain in office. An indictment would not remove him from office, either, it would merely suspend him from office pending the outcome of the charge or charges against him.
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