RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WCSC/AP) - South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell has been indicted on multiple counts related to the misuse of his office for personal gain. First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe announced that the Richland County Grand Jury indicted Harrell on Wednesday on nine charges.
According to prosecutors, the nine indictments are for two counts of misconduct in office (statutory and common law), six counts of using campaign funds for personal use, and one count of false reporting candidate campaign disclosures.
The solicitor's office says a bond hearing date has not been set.
A press release by the solicitor's office states Harrell has been provided copies of his indictments but he will be allowed to formally accept service of the true billed indictments and attend his bond hearing on the same date.
Solicitor Pascoe stated, "At this point in the process, the indictments are mere accusations. Mr. Harrell is presumed innocent until proven guilty."
Those calling for Harrell to step down as speaker while the case plays out include Gov. Nikki Haley; her Democratic challenger, Sen. Vincent Sheheen; and state Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison.