The Latest: Sheriff regrets affair, says no crime committed



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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on a suspended South Carolina sheriff on trial (all times local):

5:25 p.m.

A South Carolina sheriff says he regrets having an affair with a 22-year-old assistant, but that he did nothing criminally wrong.

Suspended Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis testified Wednesday in his trial on misconduct in office charges.

Lewis says Savanah Nabors started kissing him first before they had sex in a hotel room in 2017. Nabors testified Lewis began having sex with her while she was asleep or passed out.

Prosecutors say Lewis hired Nabors after his 2016 election, paying the then 22-year-old $62,000 a year and giving her a vehicle and other perks to persuade her into a sexual relationship.

Lewis says Nabors was qualified for the job and salary, noting the person hired to be his assistant after she quit was paid even more.

Prosecutors are cross examining Lewis.

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1:15 p.m.

A South Carolina sheriff is on trial on charges he committed misconduct by hiring a personal assistant and having a sexual relationship with her.

The lawyer for suspended Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis says the sex was consensual, and while cheating on his wife was immoral, he did nothing illegal.

Prosecutors say Lewis hired Savanah Nabors after his 2016 election, paying the then 22-year-old $62,000 a year and giving her a vehicle and other perks to persuade her into a sexual relationship.

Nabors, who quit the job and blogged about it, testified she woke up as Lewis was having sex with her after they went drinking. Criminal charges haven't been filed.

The misconduct law is broadly written to cover a public servant's failure to properly and faithfully perform their job.

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