James Metts scheduled to appear in federal court on July 1 - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Metts scheduled to appear in court for first time on July 1


Suspended Lexington County Sheriff James Metts will be arraigned in federal court for the first time to hear the public corruption and bribery charges brought against him by federal government.

Metts is scheduled to appear in court on July 1 for a hearing set for 10 a.m., according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Metts was slammed with a federal indictment late Tuesday afternoon that says he took money from a business owner to give preferential treatment to undocumented immigrants and keep them out of a federal immigration database.

The businessman, Gregorio Leon, and former Lexington Councilman Danny Frazier, allegedly bribed Metts using cash payments.

Metts was quickly suspended from office and former assistant sheriff Lewis McCarty was sworn in.

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