DHR employee charged with abuse of client posts bond

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

A 29-year-old Pelham man charged with having inappropriate sexual contact with a Department of Human Resources client has posted bond, and is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing in September.

Daniel

Daniel

Brandon Howard Daniel, a DHR employee, was arrested by the Alabaster Police Department on Aug. 22 and charged with counts of soliciting for purpose of influencing official action, indecent exposure, harassment and theft of property.

According to Shelby County Jail records, Daniel was released from jail on a $40,000 bond the same day he was arrested. He is scheduled to appear before Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Dan Reeves at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 25 for a preliminary hearing, according to court records.

The arrest came after an adult female filed a complaint claiming her DHR case worker had inappropriate sexual contact with her during a home visit, according to Alabaster police.

On the morning of Aug. 22, Alabaster and Columbiana officers and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office deputies closed off access to the Shelby County DHR office in Columbiana while police searched the building. Police charged Daniel with the crimes on the afternoon of Aug. 22.