- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 25, 2015

LYMAN, S.C. (AP) - The mayor of the town of Lyman has been suspended following his indictment on charges of wiretapping and misconduct in office.

Multiple media outlets reported that Mayor Rodney Turner was suspended after Gov. Nikki Haley issued an executive order Monday.

Turner was charged earlier this month and was indicted Friday by a Spartanburg County grand jury.

The indictment says Turner used electronic devices to intentionally intercept the communications of employees working in and around Lyman Town Hall. Sixty-five-year-old Gary Christopher Martin of Inman is also charged with wiretapping and third-degree computer crime. Authorities say Martin is accused of joining with Turner in trying to wiretap conversations between workers around town hall.

The executive order says that Turner’s suspension does not address his guilt or innocence.

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