Sheriff Sam Parker Jr. (Image: Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office)
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker allowed hand-picked inmates to live in a dorm, have televisions and an iPad, go on trips to the lake and spend holidays with his family.
The indictment details special treatment Parker gave two inmates. One was serving seven years for drug trafficking, the other was sentenced to 15 years for arson.
Investigators say Parker let the inmates drive sheriff's office vehicles, have unsupervised visits with women and drink alcohol. In exchange, the men did work on Parker's home and helped him and his wife decorate for parties.
Authorities also say Parker gave weapons to friends with no law enforcement training.
Parker has been suspended from office by Gov. Nikki Haley.
Neither Parker nor his lawyer Johnny Gasser responded to phone messages Wednesday.