John Norton Hardee, 72, has been booked into Richland County’s Alvin S Glenn Detention Center on a charge of solicitation of prostitution.

Hardee is a former state transportation commissioner. He also pleaded guilty earlier this week to charges of federal evidence tampering.

A report from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said he was picked up Thursday by deputies on a solicitation of prostitution charge.

Hardee was a South Carolina Department of Transportation commissioner from 1998 to 2007 and from 2014 to 2018. A road is named after him (the John N. Hardee Expressway) at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

Hardee was sentenced Wednesday on a federal felony charge of deleting emails connected to an FBI investigation.

Judge Terry Wooten handed down a sentence to Hardee of house arrest, community service and a $1,000 fine.

Categories: Columbia, Richland County

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