Greenwood County Detention Center

Greenwood County Detention Center

State agents are investigating a complaint “involving sexual activities” at the Greenwood County Detention Center, according to a state agent.

State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry confirmed late Wednesday that the agency’s investigation at the county jail is into possible policy violations of a sexual nature. SLED’s investigation began June 6, and is still underway, Berry said, though it stemmed from an internal investigation that began May 30.

Maj. Lonnie Smith, jail administrator, said last week that “some employees” were on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

On June 6 the Index-Journal filed a request under the state Freedom of Information Act seeking personnel files and employment-related documents for any jail employees terminated or on leave since May 27, among other documents. On Monday, county attorney Elizabeth Taylor responded granting the request, but cited an exemption in the law detailing the disclosure of information related to active investigations to say the records will be provided once SLED’s investigation is over.

Sheriff Dennis Kelly said he wouldn’t comment on the investigation nor SLED’s statement regarding the sexual nature of it, and said he would share more information once the investigation was finished.

Contact staff writer Damian Dominguez at 864-634-7548 or follow on twitter @IJDDOMINGUEZ.