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Former SC MP arrested, accused of harassment

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – A former deputy was arrested Friday in Lexington County.

According to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), officers charged former Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy James Christopher Leaisure, 28, with stalking.

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Office asked SLED to investigate the recreation.

The arrest warrant says Leaisure sent numerous text messages to his wife, causing her to fear assault, death and property damage.

On April 20, Leaisure sent threatening messages of assault in accordance with the warrant. The next day he sent messages throughout the day describing how he would damage a vehicle so that it could not be driven.

The recipient of the messages fled out of fear for his safety, according to the arrest warrant.

On April 22, Leaisure sent numerous messages referring to an assault that the recipient interpreted as life-threatening.

SLED said a voluntary interview was conducted on April 28 with Leaisure where he confirmed he wrote the posts.

Leaisure was ordered not to contact his wife again during the investigation, but he continued to contact his wife the next day, according to the arrest warrant.

Recreation was booked at the Lexington County Detention Center.


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