SC Sheriff Metts charged with taking bribes

South Carolina's longest-serving sheriff has been accused of taking bribes.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said Tuesday that 68-year-old Lexington County Sheriff James Metts faces 10 charges of taking bribes.

Metts has been sheriff since 1972 and is the state's longest-serving sheriff. He has received a number of awards, including the Order of the Palmetto and the Order of the Silver Crescent.

The Republican is next up for re-election in 2016.

Metts is the eighth South Carolina sheriff to face criminal charges or investigation in the past four years.

Court documents say Metts allowed friends to buy favors when he accepted cash in return for agreeing to assist people who were in the country illegally and who were being detained.