Public Defender Investigator Arrested

By: Kristen Cosby
By: Kristen Cosby

January 23, 2006
The chief legal investigator for the Aiken County Public Defender’s Office is out of jail tonight. He was arrested Friday for attempting to give drugs to jail inmates. News 12 has the details.

Friday afternoon officers arrested the Aiken County Public Defender’s Office’s chief legal investigator, William Hartman. Officials say he was later released from jail on a $10,000 bond.

The man who defends many of Aiken County’s inmates found himself behind bars. William Hartman, the Aiken County Public Defender’s Office’s chief legal investigator, was arrested for partnering with an inmate to bring Valium and Oxycontin into the Trenton Correctional Institution.

According to the affidavits on the arrest warrants, Hartman faces two counts of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and one count of furnishing contraband to a prisoner.

This isn’t the first time an alleged drug deal happened in the Trenton County Correctional Facility. In 1996, a prison guard from North Augusta was arrested for selling marijuana to inmates there.

Hartman, who lives on Three Notch Road in Aiken now faces up to 15 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

The Aiken County Public Defender’s Office and the South Carolina Department of Corrections declined to comment on this case.

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