Legal Ethics

Office ID May Have Helped Asst. AG Beat Ticket—But He's Out of a Job


A 66-year-old assistant South Carolina attorney general wasn’t charged after being pulled over by a Columbia police officer Monday while allegedly driving with an 18-year-old “gentleman’s club” employee, sex toys and a prescription sexual enhancement drug in his vehicle during his lunch break.

But within two hours Roland Corning was out of a job, reports the State.

After Corning identified himself to police officer Michael Wines as an employee of the attorney general’s office, Wines, whose wife also works there, called his spouse to determine whether this was true, the newspaper recounts. Megan Wines then informed Attorney General Henry McMaster, through another lawyer in the office, and Corning was no longer employed there by the end of the day.

The Associated Press says that Corning—who told Michael Wines he always carried sex toys with him “just in case,” according to the officer’s linked police report—resigned.

“We gave him the option to resign. He resigned, close of business on Monday,“ McMaster told reporters. Corning had been employed by the AG’s office for nearly a decade.

A former Republican state lawmaker from Richland County, Corning is known for his anti-abortion work, the State notes.

McMaster made headlines earlier this year by threatening to file suit over Craigslist ads for erotic services.

Related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Federal Judge Grants Craigslist Injunction Against South Carolina AG”

Media Maverick (CNET News): “So. Carolina can’t blame this sex case on Craigslist”

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