- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A grand jury has indicted the leader of the Richland County Recreation Commission, saying he used his power to try to get female employees to have sex with him.

James Brown III was indicted Wednesday on one count of misconduct in office, which carried up to 10 years in prison.

The Recreation Commission has angered county and state leaders for months. Richland County deputies, the State Law Enforcement Division and the FBI are all investigating sexual harassment, bribery and other allegations and the commission is fighting several lawsuits.

The county is withholding funding for the commission as well.

The indictment is the first charge to come out of those investigations.

Brown was on paid leave when he was charged.

It wasn’t known if Brown had a lawyer.

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