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Former Wake substitute teacher found not guilty on child sex charges

Posted December 22, 2014

— A Wake County jury found a former substitute teacher not guilty Monday on two of three charges stemming from accusations that he inappropriately touched two elementary school students last year.

Brian Holt Self, 50, was acquitted on one count of indecent liberties with a minor and one count of sex offense with a child in connection with claims that he inappropriately touched the girls – now 7 and 8 – last year at Jones Dairy Elementary School in Wake Forest.

Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner declared a mistrial on a second count of indecent liberties after a jury deadlocked 10-2 on a verdict.

Self worked for the Wake County Public School System as a teaching sub at a number of schools from 2010 until July 2013, when he resigned amid an investigation into the claims after someone saw through a door window a child sitting on his lap during a movie.

He was initially tried on three counts of indecent liberties, but prosecutors last week had to drop one of the charges because one of the girls decided she couldn't testify.

Self took the stand on his own behalf last week, admitting that children sat on his lap. But he denied any inappropriate conduct.

Parents were upset by the jury's decision Monday afternoon.

As Self was leaving the courtroom, a father yelled out, "You're guilty. You're guilty. You're a molester. You're a child molester … I'm going to kill you."

Another parent said he wasn't sure how he was going to explain the trial's outcome to his child.

"Our daughter's first comment when she got off the stand was, 'I did what I was supposed to. I told the truth. Why is he not in jail yet?'" the father said outside the courtroom. "So, to go home tonight and tell her he's not going to jail is something that we have not figured out how to tell her yet."

Assistant District Attorney Melanie Shekita said the state will reconsider whether to re-try Self on the second indecent liberties charge after reviewing the case and speaking with jurors.

"It's difficult. I never want to put a child through (testifying) and then they not feel vindicated," Shekita said. "It's not over."

Self declined to comment on the case's outcome or the potential for a retrial.


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  • evanstanfield Dec 23, 2014

    This man is ruining the reputation of men in this area. I regret being born a boy. I wish people would use some common sense for a change. I wish Brian Self could've used a little common sense when he was in that classroom. I also wish that loudmouth could've acted a bit more maturely. I don't like it here in Raleigh anymore. I refuse to live in an area where people make death threats. makes me want to move to Tampa/St. Petersburg even more now.

  • babylaceycarpenter Dec 23, 2014

    Sometimes the jury get's it right and sometimes they get it wrong. Even then, sometimes the wrong decision can be for either guilty or innocent. Those are pretty wide odds. So what this tells us, is by your comments, none of you were in the jury, nor in the courtroom.

  • Ronnie Reams Dec 23, 2014
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    May not have been a threat, but a solemn promise from the dad to the suspect. I always recommended folks make a disclaimer, if they uttered what could be mistaken as a threat instead of a promise.

  • LetsBeFair Dec 23, 2014

    this job would be very difficult for an older male ... you have to have that special magic for kids and parents alike. Even then, you are in a very risky position -- parents will forever ask their kids about a male teacher until they get the answer they seek. then its all downhill.

  • Art Thib Dec 23, 2014
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    Now restore everything taken from him and prosecute those who accused him! It is getting bad how people's lives are destroyed and the accused him don't care.

  • Norman Lewis Dec 23, 2014
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    Kind of ironic that during this time of year, this guy was on trial for a sex offense because of a child sitting in his lap.

  • Steve Orringer Dec 23, 2014
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    I feel very sorry for anyone accused of a child sex offense. It will destroy your life regardless of the outcome. Check this out. falseconvictions.com.

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  • Doug Hanthorn Dec 23, 2014
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    "Assistant District Attorney Melanie Shekita said the state will reconsider whether to re-try Self on the second indecent liberties charge after reviewing the case and speaking with jurors."

    So why is he wasting time trying to get a second chance at this guy when he should be going after the father for threatening to kill an innocent man?

  • TJ Wahoo Dec 23, 2014
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    The defendant would have to file the communicating threat charge with a magistrate within two years. It certainly is not "automatic."