Former SC deputy arrested, accused of harassment

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – A former deputy was arrested Friday in Lexington County. According to the South Carolina Division of Law Enforcement, deputies charged former Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy James Christopher Leasure, 28, with harassment.

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Office asked SLED to investigate Leasure. The arrest warrant said Leasure sent numerous text messages to her spouse that caused fear of assault, death and property damage.

On April 20, Leasure sent messages threatening assault according to the court order. The next day, she sent messages throughout the day describing how she would damage a vehicle so that it was undrivable.

The recipient of the messages fled out of fear for his safety, according to the arrest warrant.

On April 22, Leasure sent many messages regarding the assault that the recipient interpreted as life threatening. SLED said that a voluntary interview was held on April 28 with Leasure where he confirmed that he wrote the messages.

Leaisure was told not to contact her spouse further during the investigation, but continued to contact her spouse the next day, according to the arrest warrant. Leisure was booked at the Lexington County Detention Center.

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