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SLED investigating claims that State Senate candidate inappropriately touched student

Mike Fanning (Source: Fanning for Senate) Mike Fanning (Source: Fanning for Senate)

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating claims against a State Senate candidate accusing him of inappropriately touching a 16-year-old girl during his years as a teacher.

According to SLED spokesman Thom Berry, agents are looking into the claims against Democrat Mike Fanning, who successfully challenged Senate District 17 Sen. Creighton Coleman in the June primary. 

Berry said SLED received a request from the Hampton County Sheriff's Office to investigate claims made against Fanning while he was a teacher at Estill High School. 

The South Carolina Republican Party immediately responded to the claims, saying South Carolina Democrats should "immediately disassociate themselves" from Fanning.

"These are serious allegations that have been raised against Mike Fanning," SCGOP Chairman Matt Moore said in a statement. "Parents are alarmed that he remains on the ballot and could actually serve in our State Senate. It is time for Democrat leaders to repudiate Mike Fanning and his dangerous campaign."

We've reached out to the Fanning campaign for a statement.

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