Eutawville’s former police chief is facing multiple charges after a months-long investigation by the S.C. Law Enforcement Division.
SLED warrants charge Steven Daniel Holloway, 37, of 365 Barcelona Drive, Santee, with misconduct in office and grand larceny valued between $2,000 but less than $10,000.
Holloway appeared before Orangeburg County Magistrate Rob Clariday on Tuesday morning. Bond was set at $2,500 on each charge. Clariday released Holloway on his personal recognizance.
The magistrate stipulated that Holloway must appear in court as required and seek the court’s permission before leaving the state.
According to arrest warrants, Holloway allegedly took $4,606 seized during an arrest by the Eutawville Police Department.
The theft allegedly took place between Dec. 22, 2017, and Aug. 13, 2018, with Holloway acting in his capacity as the town’s police chief.
Holloway abruptly resigned from the Eutawville Police Department on Monday, Aug. 13, and a SLED probe began immediately after.
According to records obtained from the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy, Eutawville Mayor Brandon Leroy Weatherford signed a separation document between the town and Holloway.
The separation document, submitted by Weatherford on Aug. 14, 2018, alleges, “On Thursday, August 8, 2018 it was determined that some weapons that were currently being held as evidence by the Eutawville Police Department were traded to a local gun store as part of a personal trade in exchange for a rifle. Holloway told members of the police department that the weapons traded were owned by him. One weapon that was part of the trade was identified by the serial number as being one that was confiscated through an incident report that had it listed along with the serial number. The trade was brokered by the then Chief Steven Holloway. Additionally it was determined that approximately $4,606 worth of seizure money and a department-issued glock 22 are also missing. On Friday Holloway was confronted with the situation at which point he chose to resign.”
No criminal charges were filed at that time, according to the document.
Holloway previously worked as an animal-control officer for Orangeburg County from 2008 until 2011.
Holloway graduated from the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy in May 2011. He became a full-time officer with the Eutawville Police Department that year.
By February 2012, he was promoted to the rank of corporal.
He became police chief in the summer of 2015.
In April 2017, the Eutawville Police Department hired Damien Hartwell as an officer. Hartwell is now the town’s police chief.
Weatherford could not be reached for comment.
If Holloway is convicted, he faces a court-imposed fine, up to five years in prison or both.
His first appearance in General Sessions Court is scheduled for Dec. 16 at 9 a.m.
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