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Wake judge denies lower bond for ex-substitute teacher

Posted August 19, 2013

— 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.

Brian Self Wake judge denies lower bond for ex-substitute teacher

"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.


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  • A_Patriot Aug 21, 2013

    When will these adults learn to keep their hands off the kids? -- dwntwnboy2

    When the fear of the penalty if caught overrides the belief one can get away with it. Same as with any other evil that lurks in ones heart.

    If the penalty for speeding was being shot in the head on the side of the road, there would be no speeding. If the penalty for child abuse was quadruple limb amputation, feeding tube insertion, having your dismembered torso locked in a lightless box and ants crawling over you incessantly until you died of old age, there would be no child abuse.

    The penalty would have to be so hideous, so horrifying that no one would think about it, let alone do it.

    ONLY THEN is when "these adults" would learn.

  • doggypoos Aug 20, 2013

    If he did it or not, his life is over after all this plays out.

  • wakefore3 Aug 20, 2013

    It would be a shame to let this man out. Wake Forest is a small town, and this hits way closer to home than most people could possibly realize. We all work and live and worship in a small community. I feel heartbroken for the Self Family NOT HIM and sick and heartbroken for the victims. This is awful for the school community and the Self Family. The victims are innocent young children in the first few weeks of school. It sickens me and truly breaks my heart. His family as well the victims need prayer and privacy and strength.

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Aug 20, 2013

    This man is innocent until proven guilty as stanley says.
    I know of a case where the child was lying...totally lying to get the teacher in trouble.....We really need to listen to the evidence and not do a NancyGrace dance too early...though I must say Nancy is finally back to finding missing children...a good thing.

  • stanleygstevens2 Aug 20, 2013

    I pray NONE of you folks EVER get jury duty!. You are all so intelligent that you can both convict and sentence a person before you ever hear or see one single piece of this trivial thing called EVIDENCE! Shame on you all.

  • flashyswife Aug 20, 2013

    Unfortunately, he subbed quite often in the special education classrooms. Many times, there was no TA in the classroom with him so he was in there alone. In the particular first grade class that was mentioned, the students are able to communicate what happened. Not so in a spec. ed. class. How many children do we not know about?

  • dwntwnboy2 Aug 20, 2013

    "The school system and school board should be held liable"- unless there was something in his record, background or rumors of conduct they should have looked into, there isn't much they can do. They conduct background checks and if there is nothing there, how can the school or even less, the school board be held accountable for a person's sick actions. This man was hired with nothing in his background (can only guess of course) that would have prevented him from getting the job. If there was, and they still hired him, well then there might be a case- we'll have to wait and see. Shame we see stories like this week after week after week. When will these adults learn to keep their hands off the kids?

  • Shaking My Head In Amusement Aug 19, 2013

    Such a sicko! It's horrible that he did such things with ANY underage person but these kids were so young! If not for the teacher seeing it I don't know for sure how much longer it would go on and how many more victims he'd have. I bet he was thinking that the children were too young to rat him out. Poor, innocent babies!

  • lwe1967 Aug 19, 2013

    Good. He doesn't need a lower bond.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Aug 19, 2013

    The school system and school board should be held liable by the parents of the kids who are violated.

    This school system and its partisan board lack the oversight and competence to do more thorough background checks AND monitoring of ALL ADULTS IN OUR SCHOOLS on an ongoing basis all year long, each and every year.