Posted: 5:52 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Social worker forced sex to not take kids, lawsuit says 

By George Mathis

Brandon Daniel

Brandon Daniel

A lot of people don’t know this, but my first “real” job was as a part-time social worker.

It’s a low-paying, difficult job that constantly exposes you to human misery.

In Alabama, a former Department of Human Resources worker is accused of adding to that misery.

Brandon Howard Daniel, 29, is accused in a lawsuit of forcing a mother to have sex under threat of having her children seized, reports Al.com.

Daniel, 29, a former Birmingham police officer, was arrested last August and criminally charged with soliciting for the purpose of influencing official action, indecent exposure, harassment and theft of property. He is currently out on a $40,000 bond.

The lawsuit alleges Daniel, in August 2013, threatened to take children from a home before demanding the mother give “something in return for not taking her kids.” He then forced her to perform sexual acts, the woman claims in the lawsuit.

Daniel had worked as a social worker in Shelby County for six months before his arrest.

The unnamed woman seeks unspecified punitive damages from Daniel, who probably doesn’t have a lot of money, and his supervisors, who probably don’t have much money either. Curiously, Shelby County, which does have money, is not named in the lawsuit.

In a 2013 story, Fox News reports the victim is Hispanic with limited English-speaking skills.

Daniel was indicted on criminal charges in January. Daniel pleaded not guilty to all charges in April.

An ABC News story about the indictment says Daniel is also accused of stealing a pillow case from the woman’s home.

Why steal a pillow case? Not to be gross, but perhaps he was removing DNA from the scene?

Maybe we’ll find out if this goes to trial later this year.

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26 comments
LegolasMirkwood
LegolasMirkwood

I've heard a lot of stories about GA DFCS (dept. family and children services), thankfully this kind of thing has never been one of them.  Yay GEORGIA?

DontTread
DontTread

Abuse of power...not just for Northeners anymore.

sglawson
sglawson

George, for some reason I like your writing style.  It's kind of like having a conversation with a good friend.  You actually give me more than enough details and I don't have to go around wondering about things.  Every time I read an article that I like, I look to see who wrote it and it is you.  Thanks!

72GDawg
72GDawg

Mr. Daniel's quid pro quo offer to the mom reminded me of an exchange in one of my favorite movies:

Principal: Is there a Mr. Gump, Miz Gump?

Mrs. Gump: He's on vacation.

notevensurprised
notevensurprised

she reports rape because he has a wife/girlfriend and probably didn't want to see her anymore

GavinVolaire
GavinVolaire

He didn't force her to do anything. It was more of a suggest really. Do you like your kids? Cause here's what I like....


Case dismissed.

really??
really??

Such a poorly written article.  My first question to the author: Did you have a social work degree from and accredited social work program when you worked as a part-time social worker? Does the accuse have a social work degree from an accredited social work program? I have come to learn that lots of these state workers do not have professional social work degrees however they are "titled" as social workers. Unless he had a degree from an accredited school of social work, he was not a social worker, maybe a case worker.  So its good to have all the facts before posting.  Again, neither you nor I was around when the incident took place so it is very premature to judge on any side at this point.  Let the professionals do the investigation and wait for the outcome before you start broadcasting false information.  Just my opinion

someonesdad
someonesdad

Yet another illegal alien, brought here only to become a victim.  Yet another reason the open border HURTS illegals more than it helps them.

coj
coj

People in position of power who take advantage of others by threats of using that power against them should go to prison for a long time.

dcdcdc
dcdcdc

Maybe social workers should wear video cameras as well.  Seriously.  He might well be guilty.  Or she might have gotten mad at him for enforcing a law, and made it up.  Either way, a video cam would have the evidence.

GeorgeMathis
GeorgeMathis moderator

@really?? What information here is false? And reporters report facts as they learn them, otherwise not much would be written. Should we not report a shooting because we don't know the name of the person who will eventually be convicted? Of course not. And where does it say you have to have a degree from an accredited social work program to be called a social worker? I have never heard such a thing. Please provide sources. 

RealKat
RealKat

@dcdcdc Doesn't sound like he was wearing enough clothing to have the video cam attached?

ChoosingAnother
ChoosingAnother

@GeorgeMathis @really??  Social Work is a professional designation. You cannot be a lawyer, doctor, dental hygienist, etc without gaining professional credentials. "Really" is correct - people often label case workers as professionals when they are not. It's akin to calling a CNA a nurse. Furthermore, you discredit the profession by perpetuating stereotypes. "Constantly exposes you to human misery?" Really?  We work in hospitals, private practice, law offices, universities and many pull in very decent wages. We are authors, consultants and rise in political offices. In addition to misery, we see human resilience, victory, joy, and perseverance as well. We are not exposed to any more misery than many other professionals working on the front lines. I was a journalist (by training) but am paid more now as a social worker (actual social worker, not caseworker). So, all that being said, it's good to do your research before publishing.

sglawson
sglawson

@ChoosingAnother @GeorgeMathis @really?? - Well, doesn't social work do that -- "expose one to human misery?"  Foster kids, crack heads, abusers, neglect, murder, domestic abuse; should I continue?  What would you like to call misery?  Would you like to find a better word in the dictionary to make you feel better?

You sound like an unhappy whiner.  Leave George alone, and get back to being a professional "social worker" that specializes in "human misery and suffering.

GeorgeMathis
GeorgeMathis moderator

@ChoosingAnother @GeorgeMathis @really?? This blog is about a person who was a social worker, not about social work. And I am using the generic term social worker, not the specific job title used in Georgia that you refer to (Clinical Social Worker). However, you can be a lawyer without going to law school (in California at least). And you can be a considered a social worker without getting a social work degree or being a Clinical Social Worker. In Georgia, I believe you can be hired to do such work before getting a state license, and without a specific degree. After being hired you are supposed to get a license without a year or two. http://www.socialworklicensure.org/state/social-work-licensure-georgia.html

really??
really??

@GeorgeMathis @ChoosingAnother @really??


Maybe you can be hired to do social work duties without a social work degree, however you should not be titled a social worker unless you meet the credentials.  You do not have to be licensed to be a social worker, however according to NASW, you must have a social work degree from an accredited social work institution.  You cannot take a social work licensure exam without first having a social work degree.  I suggest you go to a reputable site like ASWB, NASW or Secretary of State website.

Yes, the article is about a person who was titled social worker, my issue with that is, do we know if he was a social worker or not, maybe he was a case worker, there is a difference.  What he is accused of is not professional no matter what the profession, however i get annoyed when people start associating case managers or case workers with social workers. 

ChoosingAnother
ChoosingAnother

@GeorgeMathis @ChoosingAnother @really?? 

Title Protection: In most states with licensing , the social work title is protected - those whose credentials have not been accepted by the state authority and those who have not passed the license test cannot call themselves social workers. In practice , however, many states do not require publicly employed social workers to possess a license. Some states have additional exemptions for certain institutions such as hospitals. The momentum toward licenses has increased as many insurance companies condition third party reimbursement or participation in a managed care network on licenses.

ChoosingAnother
ChoosingAnother

@GeorgeMathis @really??  I'm not trying to be mean or be picky btw..just very familiar with the work NASW is doing to protect the Social Work title. Shame on that guy regardless of his actual title.