Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A judge set bond at $100,000 for Lexington County Sheriff James Metts on his charges of public corruption.
Metts appeared in federal court Tuesday morning for his first hearing since he was indicted last month on charges that he took bribes.
The judge told Metts he could not leave South Carolina, and must surrender his passport and all his guns. He also is not permitted to contact people involved in the investigation.
While leaving the hearing, News19 Clark Fouraker asked Metts if he had anything to say, but he said nothing and directed questions to his attorney.
Federal prosecutors say Metts took payments from former Lexington Town Councilman Danny Frazier and restauranteur Greg Leon beginning in 2011. State prosecutors say the men gave the money to Metts in exchange for preferential treatment for Leon's employees who were booked at the Lexington County Jail. Previous Coverage:James Metts Indicted
The indictment says the employees were illegal immigrants, and that Metts used his position to help them avoid detection by federal authorities.
Frazier and Leon have a bond hearing set for Thursday in state court.
Metts has been sheriff since 1972, and is the state's longest-serving lawman. Governor Nikki Haley suspended Metts from office after his indictment, and put Lewis McCarty in charge of the agency.