Joseph Brannock Hickory City Council sex crimes children teacher - | WBTV Charlotte

Candidate bonds out of jail, remains on ballot after sex crimes charge


A Hickory City council candidate, who was charged with indecent liberties with a child, will remain on the ballot for next week's election. He bonded out of jail on Monday evening.

Joseph Brannock was arrested after a minor came forward and filed a complaint.

He was arrested on Friday and charged with indecent liberties with a child, driving without registration and insurance, driving with a revoked license and failure to reduce speed.

Brannock was a substitute teacher and WBTV has learned the young female alleged victim was in a school where he taught.

His attorney waived his first appearance and he wasn't required to come to court on Monday morning.

The attorney says the charges are a shock to all who know him.

Brannock bonded out of the Catawba County Jail on Monday evening. He was being held on a $41,500 bond.

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