A judge has tossed a domestic violence charge against the head of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ law enforcement division, but Chisolm Frampton must still face an internal investigation at the agency.
Charleston County sheriff’s deputies arrested Frampton, 47, in November after an incident at his home on Johns Island.
His wife told deputies that he kicked her and that he threw and broke items around the house.
James Island Magistrate Marshall Rawl dismissed the charge Monday after Frampton’s attorneys explained that he and his wife are attending individual and marital counseling since deputies were called to their home Nov. 18, Assistant Solicitor Ellen S. Steinberg said.
Frampton’s wife, Lisa, was also represented by an attorney and she advised the court that she understood and agreed with the recommendation to dismiss the charge, Steinberg said.
“On behalf of Mr. Frampton, we are pleased with the results and we wish Mr. and Mrs. Frampton the best with reconciliation and putting this matter behind them,” said Chisolm Frampton’s attorney, Bart Daniel.
DNR Capt. Robert McCullough said the agency now will proceed with its internal investigation into the incident.
Frampton will remain on unpaid suspension during that investigation, he said.
Frampton, a Charleston native, is a deputy director of the agency and leads a force of about 190 officers. He has been with the agency since 1993 and published reports indicate he earns an annual salary of $95,790.