The South Carolina Attorney General’s Office announced Tuesday that a State Grand Jury returned indictments against Chesterfield County Sheriff Sanford “Sam” Parker, Jr.
Parker was charged with four counts of Misconduct in Office and two counts of Furnishing Contraband to Inmates.
The misconduct offense is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to ten years in prison. The contraband offense is a felony punishable up to ten years in prison and/or a fine at the discretion of the court.
The indictment claims Parker allowed convicted South Carolina Department of Corrections inmates to live outside of jail, go shopping, dine in public restaurants and wear civilian clothing in exchange for performing work on the Sheriff’s house and personal property, as well as assisting with special events and performing work within the Sheriff’s Department.
A spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office said a copy of the indictment would not be available to reporters until Wednesday.
In the release, Attorney General Alan Wilson stressed all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty in a court of law.