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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A judge found Boiling Spring Lakes Mayor Richard White not guilty today of three counts of sexual battery and one count of assaulting a female.

Susan Prater swore out warrants against White last fall after she claimed White, who was an investigator in the District Attorney’s Office when the two met, touched her inappropriately and that she felt threatened.

On the stand today, Prater said she believe officials in the case and WWAY were involved in a conspiracy against her.

Prater testified for several hours Monday and for a couple of more hours today after a one-day break in the trial.

It was quiet in the courtroom after Judge Scott Ussery announced his verdict. He made it clear there would be no further discussion of the matter or there would be jail time.

Because of the involvement of a former employee of the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office, a prosecutor from Fayetteville was brought in to hangle the case.

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  • Robin

    Regardless of Praters situation or invalid testimony, Richard White is definitely no gentleman or hero.

    Outside of his public persona is a very deeply disturbed and perverse individual who himself has hurt and destroyed many lives in his path.

    God help anyone trying to expose him and get SOMEONE, ANYONE in the leagal world of law to make this man accountable for Whites foul and perverse behaviors.

    Our entire family and friends hope the baby is not thrown out with the bath water regarding White due to one womans failure to bring truth to the surface due to possibly her own personal issues, psychological, emotional, drama.. etc..

    No matter what we all know the reap what you sow law is true for every person and NOBODY gets away with anything at the end of the day! Thank You!

  • My Oak Island Misadventure
  • My Oak Island Misadventure

    This does not surprise me at all!!!

    This woman stalked me, harassed me, and then filed criminal charges against me.

    I am the man in the 2011 case that filed charges against her successfully. Thank God for Judges that pay attention to the LAW…there are so few of them out there.

    Hats off to District Court Judge Marion R. Warren for his excellent work on the bench.

    “As long as Ms. Susan Prater resides on Oak Island (actually Caswell), I will never return”

  • Protection Order 50C

    This woman tried to destroy me and all I worked for…BUT FAILED.

    If you need additional information on this matter, please feel free to contact me. You can find my name and number in the Court file.

    By Larry Sackett
    Published: Monday, October 1, 2012 at 11:12 a.m.
    Last Modified: Monday, October 1, 2012 at 11:12 a.m.

    The release says Prater has “a substantial history of false claims against judges, law enforcement, and other public officials. She has brought false criminal charges against individuals that have been dismissed by the Brunswick County District Attorney’s office.”

    In July 2011, Prater initiated charges accusing a man of making harassing phone calls and assaulting her by grabbing her arm, according to court records. The charges were dismissed by the district attorney’s office for lack of evidence. In turn, the man brought charges accusing Prater of making harassing phone calls and stalking him. The court issued a judgment against Prater in November.

  • Mr. Disgusted

    Susan has been doing this for years. Not too long ago, she posted a request for donations on her Blog. I couldn’t believe anyone would fall for it. Obviously, the poor gentleman from Iowa did. In a way, he deserves it. Susan’s Blog was laughable, but it worked for her, once again. She has hurt many people in Brunswick County with her false accusations and she has obviously profited from it. There is no downside for her because as my hero, W.C. Fields once said: “There is a sucker born every minute”.

  • Guest905

    Ever wonder how this woman supports herself with no job? Now we know.


  • Guestlike

    Something is just off about this whole thing. It’s disturbing,how both parties and supporters of the both parties are acting like monkeys throwing pooh at each other. How can either one expect to be taken seriously?

    My gut feeling says that the accuser isn’t telling the whole truth, and the sexual assault case was merely one to avenge the fact that she felt like she was wronged. The chip on her shoulder is glaringly obvious. It’s one thing to feel like a victim, it’s another to be the boy who cried wolf too many times. Not only did she disseminate her own credibility, but she diminished others investigations of White’s corruption as well by tarnishing the evidence with her own need for personal revenge. Any legitimate allegations of wrongdoings done by White will from now on be associated with her issues.

    However, since my gut feeling also tells me that White isn’t completely innocent in regards to ethical behavior, I don’t trust him or his blind followers either.

    Both sides were appalling in this case and both sides acted like unruly little children in court and towards each other, making a mockery of our justice system. Shame on the accuser for her larger than life ego, and shame on local government officials for not taking a serious stand against real evidence of political corruption. And finally shame on the people who are are posting ad hominem attacks of both parties. You are cutting off your own nose to spite your face when you didn’t demand dignity and the truth.

  • Concerned

    That lady is a joke. She lost again. The only person she ever mentions in her blog who has any criminal convictions is herself. Worst part is, she is trying to drag her poor, silly looking son into her madness…I hope she finds help and reality one day.

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