Assistant district attorney charged with peeping on Wake Forest University student
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The assistant district attorney for Wilkes, Alleghany, Ashe and Yadkin counties is accused of peeping on a student at Wake Forest University. The District 23 attorney was primarily responsible for superior court cases in Wilkes and Yadkin counties.
The alleged incident happened on April 20 when Brooke Webster used a mirror under a desk in the library to look at the female student, officials say. Police were called, he was issued a trespass warning and escorted off campus.
On April 22, a Forsyth County Magistrate issued a criminal summons for Webster for misdemeanor secret peeping.
Wake Forest officials issued a statement on the incident:
On Thursday, April 20, a female student reported that a man was using a mirror under a desk in the library to look at her. Wake Forest University Police immediately responded to the scene, located the suspect in the library, issued a trespass warning to him, and escorted him from campus. On Saturday, April 22, a Forsyth County Magistrate issued a criminal summons for the suspect for peeping. University Police are increasing campus patrols and closely monitoring for suspicious individuals. As a result of the trespass warning, if the suspect returns to campus, he will be arrested. University staff will continue to support and care for the student involved.
“When we first discussed this matter, and it was even prior to knowing that there may be a charge, he knew that he needed to resign from the DA’s office because he holds that position with high regard and he would never want to do anything that would jeopardize the cases for the Tom Horner and the prosecutor’s office in Wilkes County,” said Webster’s lawyer, David Freedman. “He does value the law, and again, it’s one of the reasons he resigned; because even he knew mere allegations out there would compromise his position as an ADA, and rather than stay and risk the cases he was prosecuting he stepped away. He does, he respects the process, he appreciates the process and plans to respect the process in this case.”
On Monday, Webster tendered his immediate resignation from the district attorney’s office by and through his lawyer, District 23 Attorney Tom Horner said. He had been employed with the district attorney’s office since 2006.
Horner tells FOX8 he has already hired Webster’s replacement, who will start on May 15. That ADA will take over Webster’s cases in Wilkes County, and other ADA’s will split Webster’s cases from Yadkin County. Horner does not expect any delays with any of those cases.
Webster has a May 19 court date.