- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - Officials with the S.C. Law Enforcement Division say the mayor of the town of Lyman and a second man are charged in connection with an investigation into wiretapping and misconduct in office.

SLED said Wednesday that 58-year-old Mayor Rodney Dean Turner is charged with wiretapping and misconduct in office. Authorities also said 65-year-old Gary Christopher Martin of Inman is charged with wiretapping and third-degree computer crime act.

WYFF-TV in Greenville (https://bit.ly/1T4V6uh) cites arrest warrants that show from between July 2008 and August 2014, Turner began secret negotiations without town council’s knowledge on a pending legal matter, costing Lyman over $200,000.

SLED said Martin is accused of hacking into the town’s computers on 10 occasions in 2014 and joining with Turner in trying to wiretap conversations between workers around Town Hall.

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Information from: WYFF-TV, https://www.wyff4.com/index.html


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