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Former Person Co. DA disbarred

Thursday, February 03, 2011
Former Person County District Attorney Joel Brewer

Former Person County District Attorney Joel Brewer (WTVD Photo)

The Wake County Superior Court has disbarred Former Person County District Attorney Joel Brewer.

Click here to read the order (.pdf)

In its petition approved January 26, the North Carolina State Bar called Brewer professionally unfit.

Brewer was indicted in June on seven counts of assault on a female, one count of impersonating an officer and one count of willful failure to discharge his duties.

According to court papers, Brewer allegedly stopped motorists by flashing a gold badge. District Attorneys in North Carolina don't carry badges and can't make traffic stops.

Prosecutors said that Brewer touched women inappropriately - resulting in the misdemeanor assault charges.

All of the misdemeanors happened between June of 2008 and September of 2009.

In one assault, warrants say Brewer kissed a woman on her neck and grabbed her hand. In another, he allegedly put his hand on a woman's leg and touched the inside of her thigh. Another victim says Brewer touched her buttocks.

An affidavit also alleged Brewer "routinely dismissed random citations" - keeping them in a "manila folder in his office," separated into male and female piles.

At sentencing, the judge did not send Brewer to jail. Instead, he gave him supervised probation and a $50,000 fine. He agreed to undergo counseling.

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