Former Richland County Deputy Arrested

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James Christopher Leaisure

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announces the termination of former deputy sheriff James Christopher Leaisure, 29, following his arrest by the State Law Enforcement Division.

Earlier this week the department was notified that Leaisure was under investigation by SLED, at the request of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, for a domestic situation involving his wife.
Today, Friday, April 29, 2022, former deputy Leaisure turned himself into SLED agents and was subsequently terminated by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Leaisure is charged with stalking and will be taken to the Lexington County Detention Center.
“I hold my deputies to a much higher standard, and anyone who works with me should know that I will hold them accountable for any misdeeds.” Sheriff Lott said
Leaisure was hired in May of 2018; attaining the rank of corporal in a region.

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