South Carolina Sheriff Accused Of Punching Woman In Face Takes Leave Of Absence

The Latest: (11/12/19)

A South Carolina sheriff charged with domestic violence last week says he’s taking a leave of absence.

Strickland released the following statement.

“For the last seven years the great citizens of Colleton County have placed their trust in me. As Sheriff, out of love, and respect for my employees, and the citizens of Colleton County, I have placed myself on a leave of absence. Effective immediately. This is standard policy within our office.

Chief Deputy, Buddy Hill, is someone I’ve always placed great trust in. He will continue to provide due diligence to the citizens of our community during my absence. This time will allow me to heal, and self-reflect on myself. I will strive to be stronger, and better at serving the citizens of Colleton, and my employees upon returning.”

Strickland was charged with second-degree criminal domestic violence. An arrest warrant says the 40-year-old sheriff punched a woman in his home in the face more than once and took her cellphones so she couldn’t call for help.

Strickland was previously charged with using taxpayer money to pay for a hotel room for his kids at a law enforcement conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Original Story: (11/11/19)

Developing this morning…. A South Carolina Sheriff is at the center of an investigation this morning after allegedly assaulting a woman and punching her in the face.

Colleton County Sheriff, Andy Strickland has been charged with second-degree domestic violence. Court documents say on Thursday evening, Strickland punched a woman he lived with multiple times. Investigators say the victim also hurt her arm while trying to defend herself.

They say he then took her cellphone, preventing her from calling authorities or getting help.

He is being held on bond this morning.