A former South Carolina police officer accused of soliciting sexual acts in exchange for traffic ticket dismissals was charged and arrested Friday, according to South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED).
James Rondell Williams, 29, was charged with misconduct in office. He was a police officer with the Bennettsville Police Department at the time of the incidents.
According to a probably cause affidavit included in the warrant, Williams “solicited $100 and sexual acts” from a woman in exchange for him dismissing two traffic tickets that he previously issued to her while on duty on Jan. 2.
He then attempted to meet the woman, while on duty, and the woman didn’t show up.
According to the warrant, SLED found Facebook messages between Williams and the woman that documented this exchange.
SLED investigated the case at the request of the Bennettsville Police Department.
Williams was booked at the Marlboro County Detention Center Friday.
According to the Bennetsville Police Department, Williams has been an officer since 2015. According to SLED, he no longer works there.
In 2018, he was given the Driving Under the Influence Award for his number of DUI arrests, according to the Bennettsville Police Department.
Williams’ case will be prosecuted by the Fourth Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
Bennettsville is a small town of about 7,800 people on the Pee Dee River.
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