High Point Mayor Bernita Sims Turns Herself In

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David Freedman (R) addresses the media on behalf of his client, High Point Mayor Bernita Sims (L). Nov. 19, 2013.

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- High Point Mayor Bernita Sims turned herself in Tuesday after a grandy jury indicted her Monday on a felony charge.

Read: High Point Mayor Sims Indicted On Felony Charge

Sims' attorney, David Freedman, accompanied her to the Guilford County Detention Center in Greensboro. Authorities released Sims on an unsecured $10,000 bond. She spent about fifteen minutes inside at the magistrate's office.

Freedman told members of the media outside the detention center that Sims will not resign and will remain mayor.

"The allegations have nothing to do with her ability to lead the city. What I say to the people of High Point is what I say to everything...The fact that someone has been charged with a crime is absolutely no evidence. It's what judges tell people every day. People need to keep an open mind," Freedman said.

After Sims left the Detention Center, she drove to High Point to attend a council meeting. Her indictment never came up at the meeting.

After the meeting, City Councilman Jason Ewing commented on the events. "While this might be a small distraction, it is a personal matter for the mayor and we need to focus on what needs to be done to keep the city moving forward."

"We took action at a meeting a month or so ago and formally requested her resignation and I really don't think there's any need to do that again," added Ewing.

The charge against Sims came after investigators say she wrote a $7,000 worthless check to a family member earlier this year. On Tuesday, Freedman said Sims had paid the money she owed her sister. 

The N.C. Attorney General's Office will continue the investigation. Sims will appear in court to face the felony charge at a later date that is yet to be determined.

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