GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – Former Greenville County Sheriff’s Deputy Sam Manley says the ugly whispers, blogs and emails about his tenure at the sheriff’s office are part of a smear campaign against him.
Manley is running for sheriff in Greenville Co.
Manley sat down with 7News Thursday afternoon to discuss some of what’s being said including an accusation of falsifying a time sheet when he was working a side job with Rocky Creek Apartments.
He admitted to it in this separation document we obtained from the South Carolina Justice Academy.
“Me and the side job had an open dialogue on when I stayed over without charging them and when I’d leave early on certain nights,” says Manley.
Manley was fired after that incident by Former Major Shea Smith, who later pleaded guilty to a corruption charge and was sentenced to probation.
But there is another allegation that is making the rounds online.
Dave Jordan: “Did you admit to having oral sex while you were on the job with someone that you were with?”
Dave Jordan: “Did you have a sexual encounter of any kind? Let me address that.”
Manley says he was having marital problems which he says is typical of law enforcement officers. As for the rumor? Manley said “I wasn’t on duty.”
He went on to say that he and his wife are back on track and are looking forward to celebrating their 18th anniversary at the end of the month.
He says this online gossip and parsing of his personnel file was done by allies of Former Boss and current Greenville County Sheriff Steve Loftis.
“None of the candidates that are running against Sheriff Loftis is polling at more than 5 percent of the vote,” says Tim Brett, campaign manager for Sheriff Loftis.
“We’re not going to allow ourselves to get into this mud-slinging campaign. Sheriff Loftis has served Greenville County served with distinction for 42 years and his record speaks for itself.
Manley says he remains focused on the race and will let the voters decide whether he is fit to serve.
“People have to make up their minds if they want me as sheriff or not,” he says.
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