ANDERSON — A South Carolina county magistrate was arrested Wednesday after authorities say he admitted filing a false police report saying someone had threatened his life.

William E. Gilmer, 61, of Honea Path, was arrested Wednesday and charged with misconduct in office, the State Law Enforcement Division said.

The Anderson County magistrate filed a false police report with the Honea Path Police Department in August 2007 and requested an investigation into the identity of someone who had called his office, authorities said.

Earlier this year, the Anderson Independent-Mail reported Gilmer told police a female caller had warned him, "you better watch your back."

The judge told authorities the caller had said her husband was having an affair with Gilmer's wife, a town councilwoman in Honea Path, the paper also reported.

But two months later, Gilmer told SLED agents he had filed a false report and that there had been no threat.

Reached at the couple's home by phone, Gilmer's wife, Fredda, referred questions to the couple's attorney, Billy Epps.

Gilmer faces up to a year in prison and $1,000 in fines.

In a news release Wednesday, Honea Path Police Chief David King expressed frustration that his officers had been tasked with investigating a false claim.

"This incident should not have ever happened. You expect a report made by a County Magistrate to be true," King said.