September 3 hearing set in Sheriff Metts case

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's longest-serving sheriff is due in court in September.

Court records show Lexington County Sheriff James Metts has a pretrial conference scheduled for September 3. Jury selection is currently scheduled to happen later that month.

Metts pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges including bribery, conspiracy and wire fraud. Federal prosecutors say he allowed friends to buy favors, accepting cash in return for agreeing to assist people who were in the country illegally and who were being detained.

Metts is free on $100,000 bond and has been suspended from office he held since 1972. He is South Carolina's eighth sheriff to be charged or investigated in the last four years.

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