BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) -- Boiling Spring Lakes Mayor Richard White turned himself in yesterday after a woman filed warrants accusing him of sexual battery and assault on a female. Today we found out more about past allegations against him.
During his time as Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief, White faced several claims of sexual harassment as well as a lawsuit filed by a former officer.
Former BSL police officer Christopher Alexander filed the federal suit in October 2000 against White and the town. Alexander alleged he received credible complaints that White was sexually harassing female citizens of the town. The suit says Alexander reported the complaints to the SBI, which led to an investigation. Alexander sued because he said after he resigned, White retaliated against him.
In response, attorneys filed an answer to Alexander's allegations, saying White and the town did not have sufficient information to show truth in the allegations of sexual harassment.
The case was dismissed in July 2001 after both sides settled out of court, where, WWAY has learned, Alexander received an undisclosed amount of money. No charges were brought against White.
We called White's attorney Bruce Mason today for comment. He has not returned our call.
We tried to talk with White at Tuesday night's Boiling Spring Lakes City Council meeting. He did not want to talk about the accusations, but he did say they are not distracting him from his duties as mayor.