Crime

Warrants: Clover police officer arrested after he pushed, kicked, threatened person

A Clover Police Department officer was arrested by South Carolina agents Wednesday after he was accused of pushing, kicking and threatening a person in November, officials said.

Ronnie Aaron Snelson, 28, was booked into the York County jail Wednesday afternoon on two counts of third-degree domestic violence after he was arrested by State Law Enforcement Division agents, according to jail and police records. Snelson was released on $2,750 bond after his arrest, jail records show.

The arrest came from accusations made in November, arrest warrants obtained by The Herald state.

In the first instance Nov. 18, Snelson is accused of holding the person on a couch, then lunging at the person in a threatening manner, warrants state.

In the Nov. 26 incident, Snelson is accused of pushing the victim, then kicking the victim, causing injuries that were photographed, warrants say.

Snelson has worked for the Clover department for five years, Clover Police Chief Randy Grice said. Snelson is the department's K-9 dog handler, Grice said.

Grice said he was made aware of an allegation against Snelson about two months ago and asked SLED to investigate. Grice said he was advised Wednesday about Snelson's arrest, but had not seen the arrest warrants in the case.

Grice said Snelson was handling administrative duties at the department during the weeks of the investigation.

No other action concerning Snelson had been taken as of Thursday, Grice said.

South Carolina law allows for charges of domestic violence when the victim is a household member.

York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson confirmed Snelson, a police officer with Clover's town department, was arrested Wednesday booked into the York County jail. The sheriff's office runs the county jail under South Carolina state law. The sheriff's office has no other role in the case, Tolson said.

Kevin Brackett, 16th Circuit Solicitor, said his office would handle the prosecution of the case.

In 2015, Brackett created a domestic violence court, in which accused offenders appear. Domestic violence third degree is a misdemeanor with possible punishment of up to 90 days in jail and a fine, according to South Carolina law.

Snelson is the second Clover officer arrested in less than a year. In April 2017, another officer was charged with assault on an inmate after an arrest of a suspect.

Andrew Dys: 803-329-4065, @AndrewDysHerald
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