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GOP Lawmaker Rep. Rick Martin accused of giving alcohol to underage girl

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Rep. Rick Martin

A South Carolina state Rep. Rick Martin has been indicted on multiple charges by a Newberry County grand jury. CBS News 19 reported on Friday.

“According to the indictments, the first charge of misconduct in office stems from an alleged act between Dec. 4, 2019, and Jan. 31, 2020, when Martin allegedly tried to use his position within the South Carolina House of Representatives to influence an investigation at the Department of Social Services (DSS),” said the report.

“The second indictment alleges Martin contributed to the delinquency of a minor by providing an underage girl with alcohol between Jan. 1, 2019, and Jan. 31, 2019.”

Martin has been suspended from the House of Representatives until the outcome of the indictments, as per South Carolina law, and was formally notified of his suspension by Speaker James Lucas in a letter. The date of arraignment has been set for December 14.