A North Carolina sheriff’s office is defending the removal of a Facebook post about a teacher charged with sex crimes involving a middle school student.
Brianna Nicole Stanley, 23, is facing several charges including five counts of felony sexual activity by a teacher, the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office originally said in a Facebook post.
During the middle of the investigation, Stanley resigned from her teaching job at Carver Middle School in Laurel Hill, school officials said.
Over the weekend, the Facebook post on the Scotland County Detective Division’s Facebook page announcing Stanley’s arrest vanished.
On Monday, officials wrote a lengthy post about why Stanley’s arrest info and photo were removed.
Authorities said some comments about the case were “sexually charged or explicit” about the victim and Stanley. The sheriff’s office also said some comments attacked the “child’s character, truthfulness and overall reputation.”
Authorities said that the post was removed “to protect the dignity and safety of the minor child involved.”
The sheriff’s office said that they believed the initial post had served its purpose.
“The purpose of making arrest posts is for information sharing. That post, in particular, was viewed more than 22,000 times and shared more than 300 (times),” officials said.
“Our agency will always place the safety, security, emotional and overall well being of our victims as top of our priorities, especially when they are minor children,” Monday’s post said.
At least one comment under the post on Monday noted that comments can be disabled with Facebook posts.
Stanley, who was arrested Friday, is also facing the following charges: three counts of felony statutory sex offense against a child less than 13, five counts of felony indecent liberties with a student by a teacher, and one count of felony third-degree child exploitation related to child pornography.
Bond was set at $2.5 million for Stanley before her first court appearance, which is scheduled for Monday.
Here is Monday’s full post about the removal of the original Facebook post:
The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigative Division, would like to publicly address the number of complaints received about the removal of the arrest information for Brianna Stanley.
The information was removed after a number of comments were made on the post, regarding sexually charged or explicit statements about the minor child involved and the defendant. The comments included statements about the minor child, and a number of other statements regarding the (victim) minor child’s character, truthfulness and overall reputation. Stressing the idea that the victim is a minor child, less than 13 years old. In order to protect the dignity and safety of the minor child involved, the post was removed. The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office does not make posts or remove them regardless of who the defendant is related to or associated with.
The purpose of making arrest posts is for information sharing. That post in particular was viewed more than 22,000 times and shared more than 300 as well as posted and published by various news sources. Thus, the information was shared with the public. Our duty first and foremost as a law enforcement agency, is to protect (and serve). Our agency will always place the safety, security, emotional and overall well being of our victims as top of our priorities, especially when they are minor children. We would be failing, if we did not do this for our identified victims and especially when they are children and we encourage them to report crimes committed against them.
Thank you for your understanding.
God bless and stay safe out there!