BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — The sexual battery trial of Boiling Spring Lakes Mayor Richard White, a former investigator in the Brunswick County District Attorney's Office, began today in Bolivia.
No cameras were allowed inside of the courtroom as the woman accusing Richard White of sexual battery and assault on a female took the stand to describe how the nature of their relationship evolved over many months.
She said that she first met White in October 2011 as she urged him and the District Attorney's office to investigate her attorney.
She admitted to calling and speaking to White many times about her claim, and on October 28, 2011, she said he invited her over to his house for a drink. After discussing her complaint for a while she said white then hugged her "in a friendly way" and attempted to kiss her. She claims she told White that she did not want that kind of relationship. She stated under oath that it was a good thing he tried to kiss her, because it established boundaries between them.
She admitted that a few days later she called White multiple times, but he would not answer or return her calls, and she got upset to the point of crying.
In January 2012 she said she once again tried to call White about her complaint, and he asked her out to dinner. She admitted they had made an arrangement to "celebrate" her former attorney getting in trouble by drinking an expensive bottle of wine, but that their relationship was still "friendly and professional." The woman claims White would once again try to kiss her, but that no malice was involved.
On March 1, 2012, they went to dinner and a movie. She claims during the movie he kept touching her and rubbing her upper thigh. Later that night as he dropped her off at home, she says White groped her, and forcibly kissed her, and at that point she claims his pursuit was no longer friendly.
There will be more testimony Wednesday after the judge told the woman they would take as long as they needed to get to the truth in this case.
WWAY does not usually identify alleged victims in cases that involve sex crimes.