BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, SC (WIS) - A Batesburg-Leesville town councilman is speaking out about one of his colleagues on council.
Councilman Charles Simpkins said he's disappointed by recent claims made by Councilman Steve Cain.
Cain, who said he's keeping a low profile out of the fear town police might harm him, is being investigated by an outside party at the request of council. Cain, who represents District 3, hasn't been to a council meeting since last year. There's new suspicion that he isn't living in his council district either. His whereabouts are unknown by the town's attorney and others.
"Our town attorney and police chief have hired David Byrd, a former police chief, to investigate our citizens' concerns," Simpkins says.
On Tuesday, Cain spoke to us in an exclusive phone interview.
"I'm afraid that the police department in Batesburg will kill me," Cain said. "I am in fear for my life. I think this is a very serious situation."
Cain said it all goes back to a meeting last year when he was physically removed from a meeting by the police chief at the order of the mayor. Cain said it's the reason he's since filed suit and sought safety outside his old home. However, he said he is still living in his district and taking care of constituent concerns.
"I consider the chief a friend, and I say without hesitation that he goes out of his way to be fair to all members of our community regardless of their race, gender, or economic status," said Councilman Simpkins.
Interestingly, Councilman Cain is also wanted by the Lexington County Sheriff's Department on two bench warrants for failing to pay child support. He's been in the same sort of trouble before and served jail time back in 2013.
"Any claim to say that our officers or our Town Chief is a threat to anyone is simply without merit," Simpkins said. "These are good men and women who risk their lives to keep our families, our businesses and our communities safe. I am thankful for the good work they do and am disappointed in the claims being made by one of my fellow Councilmembers to smear their good names."