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Sheriff: Former teacher charged with sexual assault gets DUI after damaging mailboxes

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William Brown in a preliminary court hearing. William Brown in a preliminary court hearing.
DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

A former teacher at Dubose Middle School accused of inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl in class in early May was charged with DUI after deputies say he ran over some of his neighbors' mailboxes and into his own home.

Dorchester County Sheriff's Office Major John Garrison said William Albert Brown, 49, was driving around Dubose Middle School on Monday night before causing damage to his neighbors' property.

Garrison said Brown tried to back into his garage, but ended up damaging his home as well.

He is charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. He was granted a $1,492 bond during a hearing Tuesday.

Brown had been out on bond after being arrested on May 11 at his home and charged with second-degree assault and criminal solicitation of a minor.

Dorchester County deputies say back in May, a 14-year-old girl was in Brown's classroom for standardized testing. They say during that time, Brown whispered inappropriate comments in her ear about coming back to his classroom later for sexual activity. Investigators also say Brown touched her inappropriately.

"She said that later he came back, told her that she turned him on, and she says she felt him touching her thigh. She described it as him taking his fingers and making a walking motion into her inner thigh," Detective Craig Legates said.

A jury trial date has not yet been scheduled.

Brown was an English teacher and worked at the school for three years.  He was initially placed on paid leave from Dorchester District 2, but has since been terminated.

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