Accuser details sex harassment allegation against former East Wake Academy principal

Brandon Smith listens in court.
September 24, 2013 2:23:58 PM PDT
A woman who works at East Wake Academy told a Wake County jury Tuesday that her former headmaster pulled down her pants in 2011.

Brandon Smith, a former administrator at the Zebulon charter school, is charged with sexually harassing two women who work at the school.

ABC11 is not identifying the women because of the nature of the case.

Smith was fired from the charter school in March 2012 after the women made the allegations. He faces two counts of sexual battery and assault on a female.

On the witness stand Tuesday, one of the women spoke about several encounters she had with Smith. She recounted one episode when he allegedly commented about her clothes.

"You can't wear those pants again," the woman said Smith told her. When she asked why, he allegedly replied: "I just might not be able to control myself."

The woman said Smith came up behind her when she was checking for messages in her school mailbox.

"I felt his hand pull down my pants," she said.

"You don't mind if I look at your tattoo do you?" the woman said Smith told her.

Smith has tried to sue his accusers for slander in civil court, but the case was dismissed. A civil suit filed by the women is still pending.

Smith's defense has charged that the accuser's stories keep changing. They've questioned why one of the women waited to report the alleged harassment.

On the witness stand Tuesday, that woman told jurors she was shocked and disturbed by what had happened, and didn't want anyone to know.

"I didn't want to lose my job if I said anything," she said.

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