BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- The Brunswick County native's long record in law enforcement tarnished in June of 2007 when the US Attorney's office subpoenaed records from Hewett's office dating back 7 years.
Officials had bank records, credit card records, telephone accounts, computers, and the list goes on.
Thirty-six people were put on a potential witness list including his family, dozens of deputies, supporters, and acquaintances.
As the proceeding dragged on, Hewett maintained his innocence.
Hewett was a former Holden Beach police officer, and was first elected sheriff in 1994. When he was elected sheriff, he was the youngest in North Carolina history.
He appeared to be a law man's law man, outspoken and never one to shy away from the spotlight, but that changed as the grand jury dug deeper.
When asked by a reporter about his feelings on the charges he said he's "rather not talk about it anymore."
Reported by Kelli O'Hara