Prosecutor: Saluda Co. sheriff indicted, resigns

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
Jason Booth

Saluda County Sheriff Jason Booth resigned on Thursday. (WRDW-TV / June 14, 2012)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) -- Gov. Nikki Haley is preparing to appoint a new sheriff for Saluda County after Sheriff Jason Booth was indicted and resigned.

Prosecutor Strom Thurmond Jr. says a state grand jury indicted Booth on Thursday on one charge of misconduct in office. Booth is charged with using an inmate to work on his private property.

Booth sent a letter to Haley resigning his post, effective immediately. He could face up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey says the governor plans on naming a replacement Friday. Godfrey says the sheriff sent a letter Thursday morning to Haley asking that the chief deputy be appointed to fill the post.

Booth didn't immediately return a phone call from the Associated Press for comment.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

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