Judge: Former DHR worker did not violate probation

 

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

COLUMBIANA – A 33-year-old Pelham man who pleaded guilty last year to abusing his power while he was employed with the Shelby County Department of Human Resources did not violate the conditions of his probation when he faced allegations of exposing himself to a woman who was giving him a massage at his house in May, a Shelby County Circuit Court Judge ruled on July 27.

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Brandon Howard Daniel, who previously listed an address on Hayesbury Lane in Pelham and currently lists an address on Colonial Lake Drive in Madison, was booked into the Shelby County Jail without bond on July 11 after Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Crowson issued a warrant for Daniel. The arrest came at the request of the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office after Daniel was arrested by the Pelham Police Department in early June and charged with harassment.

In October 2016, Daniel was sentenced to three years on probation after pleading guilty to threatening to take an Alabaster woman’s children if she did not perform sex acts on him.

Judge Daniel Crowson decided not to revoke Daniel’s probation following a July 27 hearing on the matter, and reinstated the remainder of Daniel’s three-year probationary period.

If Daniel’s probation had been revoked, his original 10-year prison sentence could have been reinstated.

The Pelham Police Department arrested Daniel on a harassment charge in May after a female victim claimed Daniel asked her to come to his house to clean and give him a massage.

“Mr. Daniel went into his bedroom and then called out for the victim to come into his bedroom,” according to the DA’s office description of the alleged event. “When the victim entered the bedroom, she found Mr. Daniel lying face down on his bed. Mr. Daniel was wearing a towel covering him from the waist down.”

After the victim massaged Daniel’s back, Daniel allegedly turned over, removed the towel, exposed himself to the victim and performed a sex act on himself, according to the DA’s office.

“The victim was shocked and gathered her belongings to leave. Mr. Daniel asked if she was leaving and the victim replied ‘Yes, I’m leaving,’” read the DA’s office description. “Due to her hands being oily from the massage and the door being locked, she could not open the door, so she asked Mr. Daniel, ‘Would you please open the door? I’m leaving.’

“Mr. Daniel asked the victim to talk to him about it, and the victim stated she did not want to talk about it,” read the DA’s office description. “Mr. Daniel then opened the door and the victim left the home. While the victim was reporting this offense, she did not know the offender’s last name. The victim only knew his first name, address and that he claimed to be a former police officer.”