Richland County sheriff’s deputy faces domestic violence charges

A Richland County Sheriff’s deputy is facing charges after he was arrested at his home in Red Bank on Wednesday after allegedly assaulting his wife.


William Carlson (Photo provided)

William L. Carlson, 32, was charged with third-degree domestic violence after Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies responded to call around 8 a.m. Wednesday.

According to an arrest warrant, deputies determined Carlson to the “primary aggressor” in the physical altercation with the woman, whom he married seven months ago.

The warrant alleged Carlson pushed his wife in the back and then proceeded to put her in a headlock and take her to the ground. During the incident, the victim sustained an injury to her left leg when it struck a coffee table.

Deputies also discovered the woman had redness on the left side of her face, skin abrasions on both sides of her neck, and a bruise on her left shin consistent with details of her alleged attack.

Carlson was booked into the Lexington County Detention Center on $5,000 bond. Following his arrest, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott fired Carlson, who joined the department five years ago.

Carlson’s is the second arrest of a local law enforcement officer in the past three weeks. Former Columbia Police Officer Jamie Lee Rogers was arrested and charged on November 21 in Lexington County for the alleged sexual assault of a young girl.

Carlson, of Lexington, began his law enforcement career with the South Carolina Highway Patrol in 2006. He was assigned to Troop 1, Post D in Richland County. He began working with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in 2011, and was assigned to the Region 2 area as a road deputy.

Carlson had been assigned with the Traffic Safety Unit since 2013.

Carlson is also an F-16 Aircraft Armament Specialist with the South Carolina Air National Guard and has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a bio on the sheriff’s department website.