COLUMBIA, S.C. — A sheriff in South Carolina is being asked to resign by county leaders after he admitted to having an affair with a woman he hired to be his assistant.
The Greenville County Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday asking Sheriff Will Lewis to resign. But the resolution has no force because the sheriff is elected.
The council’s special meeting came less than a week after Lewis called a news conference where he admitted he had consensual sex with a 23-year-old woman he hired to be his assistant after he was elected sheriff in November.
While admitting he cheated on his wife, Lewis, 41, adamantly denied allegations from the woman in a lawsuit that the sheriff drugged her at an out-of-town conference paid for with taxpayer money and had sex without her consent.
“The allegations of rape and stalking — harassment — that’s completely 100 percent false,” Lewis said last week.
Lewis said both at his news conference and in a statement after the County Council vote that he will not talk any further about the lawsuit or the relationship with the woman until the State Law Enforcement Division finishes its investigation.
The County Council resolution said the public should expect and deserves a sheriff with “integrity, honor, leadership, duty and selfless service.”
“Given the circumstances publicly admitted to by Sheriff Will Lewis, County Council no longer has confidence and trust in his moral judgment,” the resolution read.
The woman sued Lewis last week in a 38-page salacious filing that included 11 links to audio records of conversations she had with the sheriff and details about being given a drink while alone with Lewis in a hotel room and waking up to him on top of her having sex.