RALEIGH- The first victim was checking her mailbox at East Wake Academy after her boss, former headmaster Brandon Smith, told her she shouldn’t wear her brown pants again.
You can’t wear those pants again, he told her. He might not be able to control himself.
It was August 2011.
She was disgusted by his comments so she left with no response. With her back toward the door, the middle school P.E. teacher could hear Smith enter the teacher’s lounge.
You don’t mind if I look at your tattoo again, do you? he had asked her as he pulled her pants away from her to expose her lower back and the upper part of her backside.
About two years later on Sept. 23, 2013, she wore the same brown pants on the first day of a trial where Smith was facing four charges: two charges of sexual battery and two charges of assault on a female.
He was found guilty on the two charges filed by the first victim. For the charges filed by the second victim, the jury was hung and the court declared a mistrial. The state’s district attorney will decide when to retry the other charges.
For the charges he was found guilty of, Smith will be spending 120 days in jail and register for 30 years as a sex offender.
“I don’t use the word ‘predator’ often,” prosecuting attorney Melanie Shaketa said during Smith’s sentencing. “But this man is a predator.”