Investigation into state senator ends with no charges


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – State police say a freshman South Carolina state senator will not be charged on allegations made during last fall’s campaign that he had an “inappropriate relationship” with a 16-year-old girl nearly 25 years ago.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division closed the investigation last month, after prosecutors concluded there’s not enough evidence to charge Sen. Mike Fanning of Great Falls with anything.

Its report, made public Tuesday, noted nothing in state law addressed teacher-student relationships until 2010.

Fanning beat Republican Mark Palmer last November for a seat representing parts of Chester, Fairfield and York counties.

The Democrat formerly taught high school in Estill and Columbia. A former Estill High student filed a complaint Sept. 29 claiming Fanning began a relationship with her in 1993.

Fanning has denied the allegations.

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