Wake judge denies lower bond for ex-substitute teacher
Posted August 19, 2013
Wake Forest, N.C. — A Wake County District judge on Monday denied a request to lower bond for a former substitute teacher accused of taking indecent liberties with children.
Brian Holt Self, 49, of 301 Black Swan Way, Wake Forest, was jailed Friday under a $150,000 bond on three counts of the charge, which stem from alleged crimes that happened last month.
Self worked at Jones Dairy Elementary School in Wake Forest, as well as 13 other schools, for about a year before resigning from his position July 19, according to the Wake County Public School System.
Authorities have not commented on the accusations that led to Self's arrest, but parents close to the case have said that some of the misconduct allegedly happened while his first-grade class was watching a movie last month.
Self reportedly asked girls to sit on his lap and then allegedly touched them inappropriately.
"Six-year-olds don't make up the things that this child said," said one woman, who attended Self's first court appearance Monday afternoon.
The woman, who knows one of the alleged victims, did not want to be identified to protect the child's identity.
"Any parent can close their eyes and picture the worst," she said. "That's what it amounts to. It's bad, and this happened in the classroom with the lights off."
The woman said a school employee saw some of the alleged misconduct through a glass window and went to the school's principal.
According to Self's profile on LinkedIn, he graduated from North Carolina State University in 1989 and lists his interests as a troop committee member of the Boy Scouts of America and a youth sports coach for football and basketball.
In addition to Jones Dairy Elementary School, Self also taught at Heritage, Sanford Creek, Forest Pines, Durant Road and Wakefield elementary schools, according to the school system.
He also worked as a substitute at Wake Forest, Rolesville, Durant Road, Ligon and Heritage middle schools as well as Wakefield, Wake Forest and Heritage high schools.
Authorities say their investigation is continuing.