Trial date set for former DHR worker accused of sex crime
By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor
COLUMBIANA – A 32-year-old Pelham man is set to stand trial in June on charges alleging he threatened to take a woman’s children away if she didn’t perform sex acts on him, according to court documents filed in late April.
According to a court order issued on April 27, Pelham resident Brandon Howard Daniel is set to stand trial by jury on multiple charges beginning on June 13 at 9 a.m. in courtroom No. 3 at the Shelby County Courthouse.
The case originally was set for a pretrial hearing on Feb. 29, and was set for a plea hearing on April 5, but those hearings were continued.
Daniel has pleaded not guilty to charges of soliciting for the purpose of influencing official action, indecent exposure, harassment and third-degree theft of property after he was arraigned on the charges in late January.
Soliciting for the purpose of influencing official action is a Class B felony, and carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison if convicted.
According to his indictments, Daniel, while serving as a DHR employee in August 2013, allegedly told a female client “that if she would have sex with him that he would not take her children away from her.”
Daniel’s harassment charge came when he allegedly threatened to “remove the victim’s children away from her, with the intent to carry out the threat.” His burglary charge came when he allegedly stole a pillow case valued at $10 from the victim’s residence.
Daniel’s arrest came after Alabaster police said the victim filed a complaint claiming Daniel, her DHR case worker, had inappropriate sexual contact with her during a home visit in Alabaster.
In August 2014, the victim in the case filed a lawsuit against Daniel, Shelby County DHR supervisor Rasheda Gulley and Shelby County DHR Director Kim Mashego.
As of May 3, the civil lawsuit was still pending against Daniel and the DHR employees.