Charleston County sheriff arrested for assault and battery

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division say Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon was arrested on Tuesday on charges of third-degree assault and battery.

SLED says that Cannon was booked and fingerprinted at the Charleston County Detention Center. Cannon is out of custody after posting a $1,092 bond.

According to SLED, the arrest was a result of an investigation conducted by SLED at the request of the Charleston County Sheriff's Office. The investigation pertained to an incident in January where authorities say Cannon slapped Timothy McManus, who is accused of leading deputies on a chase.

Earlier on Tuesday, Cannon said he was ready to face the consequences if he was charged in the incident. The York County Solicitor Kevin Brackett had recommended to the State Law Enforcement Division that Cannon be charged with third-degree assault and battery.

That charge carries a sentence of 30 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.

Furthermore, Cannon is prohibited from being within one block of where McManus lives or works.

"I have been up front about this since the beginning. What I did set a bad example. I want to apologize to Mr. McManus. What he did was dangerous, but I should not have reacted in that fashion," Cannon said earlier on Tuesday.

In the wake of the incident, Cannon requested SLED investigate whether or not he broke the law. After investigating, SLED handed the case over to 16th circuit solicitor Kevin Brackett.

Brackett says all the deputies involved in the chase acted appropriately, but the evidence would support a charge of third-degree battery against the sheriff.

Cannon said in an earlier press conference on Tuesday that the slapping was very out of character for him, and if he is charged he plans on pleading guilty. However, he said he did not plan on resigning as sheriff.

McManus was arrested again this week for driving under suspension third-offense, being a habitual offender, borrowing or lending a license tag and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

He posted bond on Tuesday at $75,000.

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