A police officer with the city of Lyman has been arrested and charged with altering and destroying evidence.
State Law Enforcement Division arrested Michael Gerald Hames, 44, of
Lyman, and charged him with misconduct in office and obstructing
According to warrants obtained from SLED, Hames, a Sgt.
with the Police Department, "knowingly, willfully and dishonestly
committed misconduct in office in the form of malfeasance and
nonfeasance by altering and then destroying evidence related to an
active criminal investigation thereby failing to properly and faithfully
discharge the duties of his office." Between August 12 and August 16,
2013, the warrants further state that Hames knowingly and willfully
altered and destroyed evidence related to an active investigation with
the attempt to impede, obstruct, interfere with, or influence the
proper administration of the criminal justice function.
Officials with the town of Lyman
said that Hames has been placed on administrative leave pending the
outcome of the investigation by SLED. He is currently being held on
$20,000 at the Spartanburg County Detention Center.