Former Colleton County deputy accused of sending explicit photos of ex-girlfriend

A former Colleton County deputy is accused of sending explicit photographs of his ex-girlfriend to her parents and several others.

Michael J. Wiegand, 34, was arrested Tuesday and charged with communicating obscene messages to other persons without consent, according to the State Law Enforcement Division. The charge is a misdemeanor that carries a penalty of up to three years in prison.

Wiegand dated the woman from February 2014 until May, according to the affidavit. They took and exchanged explicit photos of each other during their relationship. After they broke up, Wiegand sent her messages accusing her of cheating and threatening to send the images to others so she would “learn a lesson” and “not want to work around here,” according to the affidavit. Then he sent explicit photos to her parents and members of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office and Walterboro Public Safety, according to the affidavit.

Wiegand resigned as a deputy on May 31, according to Sgt. Kyle Strickland. Weigand had been with Colleton County since Aug. 14, 2006.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.