Channel 9 has new information about a Hickory City Council candidate charged with a sex crime involving a child. The child was a student where the candidate, Joseph Brannock, worked as a substitute teacher.
Brannock was charged with taking indecent liberties with a child. Sheriff's deputies arrested him Friday, one day after allegations first surfaced from a female student under the age of 16 years old.
Investigators said Brannock worked as a substitute teacher at several schools in Catawba County but they are not revealing which school the student attended. His attorney spoke with us earlier Monday.
"I've been contacted by a lot of people in the community who support Joe who are stunned by the allegations," Lisa Dubs said.
Voters who headed out to the polls Monday said Brannock should still be able to run despite the charges.
"Obviously any person arrested in this country is innocent until proven guilty, so he has a right to keep his name on the ballot," Nelson Howard said.
Elections officials said his name would remain on the ballot.