Ex-substitute Wake elementary teacher faces indecent liberties charges

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comAugust 19, 2013 

— A Wake Forest man, who until recently worked as a Wake County substitute teacher, could face up to 15 years in prison if he is convicted of sexual misconduct with children, charges that landed him in jail over the weekend.

Brian Self, 49, of 301 Black Swan Way in Wake Forest was charged by sheriff’s deputies Friday night with three felony counts of indecent liberties with a child, according to arrest warrants filed at the Wake County Clerk of Courts Office.

Self worked as a substitute teacher at Wake County schools that included Jones Dairy Elementary School until mid-July. He resigned his teaching position on July 19, two days after the alleged crimes took place.

The married father of two children made his first court appearance Monday – handcuffed and clothed in an orange-and-white-striped jail jumpsuit – at the Wake County Justice Center.

Sheriff’s investigators accuse Holt of taking indecent liberties for the “purposes of arousing and gratifying sexual desire” with a child younger than 16, once on July 15 and twice on July 17, court records show.

The allegations involved three different children, according to the arrest warrants. Both sheriff’s authorities and public school officials declined to say whether the incidents took place at Jones Dairy Elementary or other schools where Holt worked.

“That’s part of the investigation,” said Capt. James Stevens, a sheriff’s spokesman.

On July 25, Rob Bendel, the principal at Jones Diary Elementary, issued a one-paragraph letter informing parents of Self’s resignation and urging them to contact him if their children shared any information relevant to the charges against him.

Schools spokeswoman Renee McCoy said Self was first hired as a substitute teacher on June 6, 2010, and taught various grades depending on where a substitute was needed.

The schools included Heritage, Sanford Creek, Wakefield and Durant Road elementary schools. He also taught at Rolesville, Ligon and Heritage middle schools along with Wakefield and Wake Forest high schools.

Wake Forest attorney Mike Perry made an appearance at court Monday on Self’s behalf and asked the judge to lower his bail to $50,000. Perry described Self as a lifelong North Carolinian who grew up in Alamance County, graduated from N.C. State and settled in Wake County.

“He has a wife and two children. One is in high school and the other is in middle school,” Perry told Wake County District Court Judge Jacqueline L. Brewer.

Wake prosecutor Melanie Shekita told Brewer that in addition to working as a substitute teacher, Self was involved with the Boy Scouts.

The prosecutor said she was concerned about Self having contact with any children younger than 16, with the exception his own biological children.

Brewer, however, opted to leave Self’s bail at $150,000 until a probable cause hearing scheduled for next month.

She also ordered him to have no contact with the victims or any child younger than 16 without a responsible adult present.

Self remained in custody at the Wake County jail Monday.

News researcher Peggy Neal contributed to this report.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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