Man charged with falsely accusing deputies of sleeping with wife

Earl Graham (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
Earl Graham (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)

By Logan Smith - bio | email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A Columbia man is charged with falsely accusing a Richland County deputy of sleeping with his wife, according to the sheriff.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Earl Graham, 53, faces two counts of making a false complaint to a law enforcement officer. Lott said Graham knowingly filed false reports on February 7 and March 25 accusing a deputy of adultery between the officer and Graham's wife.

Both of the accusations named Fifth Judicial Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson, who was Chief Deputy of the Richland County Sheriff's Department at the time. Lott said the allegations were thoroughly investigated and proven to be totally false.

Lott stressed the importance of citizens reporting any and all concerns they may have about police actions, and said all such reports are taken seriously and investigated vigorously.

"However, if someone makes a false accusation, then it must be dealt with swiftly and without prejudice," added Lott. "When someone makes a false report, it takes police officers' time and resources away from legitimate police work and wastes the taxpayers' money."

WIS News 10 interviewed Graham on March 14 after his northeast Columbia house caught fire twice in five days. SLED investigated the fires as arson after Graham said he believed someone made a second trip to finish the job.

According to Lott's timeline, the fires happened about halfway between the first and second accusations. SLED hasn't named a suspect in the fires, but the fires and accusations aren't believed to be related.

Graham is being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

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