Developing: Sexting no comment
A newspaper in Greenwood has released information about "sexting" exchanges between a woman and Laurens County Sheriff Ricky Chastain. The sexting also has been the subject of three reports on the on-line news source, FITS News.
On his campaign Facebook, Chastain says, "I would like to thank all of you for your continued support of my family and I during what is turning out to be a vicious political campaign. I would encourage #TeamChastain supporters to maintain our positive march to the June 14th election for sheriff. Together we have done great things for Laurens County and together we will continue move Laurens County forward. Don’t forget about the #TeamChastain Campaign Rally Saturday, May 7th from 5pm – 7pm. If you haven’t received a yard sign and would like for us to deliver you one please let us know."
Chastain supporters on social media call the sexting document "a lie" and claim it is politically motivated. Chastain runs for re-election this year, if he wins the Republican primary in June, he is assured of a 5th term in office, barring a successful write-in campaign. It is the second public report of inappropriate conduct outside of marriage by Chastain. He admitted to an affair in 2011.
A woman contacted Chastain by text in Oct. 6, 2015, and a 444 page document provided to news media outlets including The Clinton Chronicle displays texts between them until April 19 of this year. The woman told Chastain she has applied for jobs with the Laurens Police Department and the Laurens County Detention Center, which is under Chastain's supervision. The texting document ends before it says whether she got either job.
The Index-Journal in Greenwood said Chastain, the woman and her attorney won't comment about the sexting document.