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SLED: CWP instructor gave students answers to test

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GAFFNEY, SC (WMBF) A seasoned SLED approved Concealed Weapons Permit Instructor has been arrested on perjury charges after an undercover SLED agent reportedly discovered his classes did not meet state requirements.

According to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Richard Lee Wykel, 51, of Roebuck, has been charged with perjury and subornation of perjury after an incident on Jan. 8 when the undercover SLED agent attended a CWP class taught by Wykel.

By law, CWP classes must be eight hours long and must include classroom instruction as well as firing for handgun qualification. According to SLED, the undercover agent attended the class, paid the $65 fee, was fingerprinted, filled out an application and was then given the answers to the test.

The class lasted less than one hour and there was no handgun qualification, SLED said.

In 1996, Wykel became certified as a SLED approved instructor after he was certified as a firearms instructor for the South Carolina Department of Corrections, where SLED said he is no longer employed.

Prior to the undercover operation, retired SLED agent and current SC House of Representatives member Eddie Tallon received a complaint and requested the investigation.

Additionally, all students who previously applied for and received a CWP but have not completed an eight hour class under Wykel are also subject to perjury charges.

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