CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – A member of South Carolina's Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services was arrested by state police Thursday and charged with accepting a bribe from an offender he was charged with watching.
Vincent O'Neal Howard, of Summerville, was assigned to SCPPP's Moncks Corner office in Berkeley County when he was arrested as part of an investigation conducted by the State Law Enforcement Division and SCPPP, SLED officials said in a release.
According to the warrant, Howard made a deal on Oct. 23 with an unnamed offender to buy an early release from SCPPP supervision. On Thursday, the offender delivered the money to Howard while undercover agents watched.
Howard " accepted the currency for his own personal use, and not as a part of any fines, fees, or restitution to be collected by SCPPP," the affidavit stated.
Officials have not said how much money the offender paid.
Howard was taken to the Berkeley County Detention Center where he later was released on bond.
According to SLED, the Ninth Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office will prosecute the case.