- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Court records show a North Charleston mayoral candidate has previously been charged with soliciting a prostitute and has been barred from filing certain lawsuits.

Local media outlets reported John Singletary was arrested in January 2010 and accused of agreeing to pay an undercover police officer for sex.

Court records show Singletary paid $470 bail in February 2010 and was “tried in absence in May 2010, forfeiting his bail. He says the misdemeanor prostitution charge was in retaliation for his numerous lawsuits in a long-standing land dispute with a neighbor.

Singletary is challenging longtime Mayor Keith Summey, who he has accused of nepotism and cronyism.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson has ordered Singletary not to file any more lawsuits on the issue for five years.

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