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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.


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  • Columbia County

    We,also, live in Columbia County and have purchased a home in BSL and our goal is to move within 2013. We travel back and forth. As you state the area is gorgeous – hopefully local government will do the what is best for the town and citizens.

  • not a detective

    I am certainly not a detective of any sort so I don’t know how or do any “field work”. But I have been around the block more than once and have a very good “read” on people if I get enough information from someone. Well, I have had more than a month to look at, read, digest and simply use some common since to the words of the accuser(s) on the daily blog.

    This lady certainly deserves the sympathy of anyone that has read her ramblings. I am sorry to be callous but, she is a “fruit cake” that blames everything in this world on any and everyone else and takes no responsibilities for her own actions at all. I had a cousin that was the same way. “I could have been this if it had not been for…”. “I would have succeeded if, _____ had not failed me in class.” “Things would have been different but, ____ was out to get me.” “I was convicted but let me tell you, I WAS INNOCENT AND WITHOUT ANY FAULT ON MY OWN AT ALL!”

    Now, she accuses one of the most well respected judges on the bench! Why? Because she was told (according to her) a commissioner in BSL told her the judge said this or that. Gosh! Wonder who that may be? There is only one of them that is “friends” on her facebook page. Do you think? Again, no detective here but the answer I think would have to be either, ‘yes’ or duh’!

    Judge Marion Warren is a decent man that has stood for the law for many years. He takes pests off the streets rather than leave them on the streets. Frankly, it was a little hard to believe all these people were out to get basically a nobody. But to accuse a sitting and well respected judge? It is now hard to believe one single word from her.

    Shame on the attack on Judge Marion Warren! And, all those that have stooped to this low, in the gutter talk. In the end one can only expect the ones in the gutter to be no more than the sludge that is always found in the gutter!

  • brunscogirl

    Nothing Susan writes comes as a surprise anyone who knows the courthouse. White has been a womanizer for years and this attorney has been carrying on affairs for years. No one wants to hurt his family by calling him out and White has powerful friends that keep him safe. There has been a blind eye turned to corruption and abuse for too long its about time someone called it out.

  • Guest like

    WOW!!! More stuff on White we didn’t know about but not surprised to find out about!!! Man!!!! This boy has a real bad habit, it seems!! Go git em ladies!!!!! Drag him into the courts!!!!!!

  • Guest keegan

    How many different writing styles are there? And why would she use a different name? She doesn’t need to do that to keep people reading the blog….everyone waits for her next one!!! YOU sound strange to me, she doesn’t. You, my friend, are not qualified to say she needs help! An honest court system is EXACTLY what is needed here, because as a Christian, I know the real guilty one here is White. This is what it is all about! Don’t try to throw the focus on someone who is standing up for that…God will punish him even if the court doesn’t! You all can be sure of that! Obviously some humans cannot BE treated the way we would want to be treated. We all know you want to throw the focus, but that isn’t going to happen. What you are saying is the same as if you hit a person on a crosswalk with your car while you are drunk, the court should say the person shouldn’t have been there in the first place…..hide the real issue? Don’t think so buddy!

  • Guest keegan

    As a Christian, I am seeing the person who wrote this post is “judging” the wrong person. Susan is not needing mental health help. Susan is not lying. Susan has not broken the law. It is Richard this Christian should be concerned about, not Susan!

    God will be the final judge! I believe I said that before, but I also believe God wouldn’t be happy if we all let this woman molester off without fighting for these ladies rights!

    Why not let the Christian speak for herself/himself? Or are you one and the same?

    I fight for the innocent, not the guilty, and it is ever so obvious to anyone with sense, Richard is guilty.

    “Common sense is not so common anymore”.

  • A Good Christian

    I have been re-reading many of the posts on this site and was struck with how similar the writing is, both the negative and positive comments. Some of the positive comments have been filed by Susan under her own name and some under anonymous names, which I expect are actually Susan. But some of the negative comments have the same writing style. Could Susan actually be writing some of the negative comments as well? It appears so. I think the negative comments are designed to set forth a responding message from Susan either under her own name or an anonymous name. It gives her an opportunity to promote her blog or to defend herself even when no real person would raise a critical comment about her. Sound strange to you too? This doesn’t mean that I excuse her actions. Many of the things she says about people, especially her former lawyer, are despicable. But as a Christian, I must focus on how best to help a fellow human being. It is clear to me that this lady suffers from mental health issues. I am not qualified to say what those issues are, but she clearly needs help. I hope she has good friends who still follow these postings and will convince her to get the help she needs. The court system is not the solution and will likely negatively impact all involved. This lady is sliding down a slippery slope. Let’s hope and pray that she still has good friends who will help pull her back up. All of God’s children should expect to see his goodness if they treat their fellow human beings the same way they wish to be treated.

  • Geek

    Your apology is graciously accepted. There is not one of us that don’t do better when we think before we speak. Artists in any and every medium are very possessive as to claims in their world of art regardless of medium(s). This kind of thing is what gets the hair to raise up on the necks of the artists. Hopefully this photographer will lay claim to the obvious field of photography and refrain from labeling the works, paintings. Thank you again for taking the time to reply as you did.

  • Someone Else

    Not that it really matters,but is Richard White a republican or democrat?

  • Guest keegan

    A little deep for me, pal! Obviously you aren’t the one I thought might have written about her picture so I apologize for that mistake. And I can admit I know nothing about paintings or photography…..

  • Geek

    I don’t know nor do I care where you are going with your rant as far as friends, shoes, and the like. Kind of weird though. Regardless of “the blog” one way or the other, it will be whatever it will be. But, as an artist, it is resentful when people misrepresent what they are doing. You either know this and ignore the fact or you simply do not know this. A painting is a painting and a photograph is a photograph, period. Now I am not saying for one second a photographer is not or can not be an artist. Some do but I think those few have no idea what art is and is not to begin with. There have been some huge names in photography that have been displayed in many of the worlds most highly acclaimed galleries and museums. So to get the record right on that part, photography can very well be art and photographers can very well be artist. But you still do not claim one as the other if you are being honest. Look, before digital photography was around there were thousands of ways to manipulate a photographic image to get an artful representation in the end. On the camera itself, filters (that go over the lens) that have amazing effects and subtle effects. The use of double exposure. An open shutter while movement is going on and then firing a flash at some point to cause the blur to go into sharp focus. In the dark room, dodging (causing less light to make it to part of the photo paper than the rest) or burning (causing more exposure to a part of the paper) to name only a few of the thousands of things that could be done and were done. The end result could be and has been, spectacular. But when Annie Leibovitz or Ansel Adams (to of the very best in the world) did this (use of filters, manipulations in the darkroom, etc.) and there work was displayed in a museum, they did not say, “this is my painting”! It was their “photography” and great it was. The exact same rules apply to digital manipulation. You are doing the exact same things however you are doing them on the computer rather than some of the older “film” ways of doing this. And yes, with that said, digital photography and manipulation can be art just as standard film photography and darkroom manipulation has been. But there is a line and painters take great exception to photographers claiming the work they did through the camera and then on the computer is a painting. It, is not! And, while some painters resist the idea a photographer is an artist, those are in the vast minority as most believe great photographers are. Where does all this come into play? It has to do with truthfulness or at best, ignorance of the arts and what can be claimed.

    In conclusion, without any prejudice one way or another as to the story that is being told and put forward, your friend’s work is not a painting and your friend has represented it as such. This does get the ire of painters as it should. Your friend is a photographer and not a painter and just because some PC software may call a program or part of a program something like artist or painting effects, does not cause the photo to become a painting. One of the crap software’s that is included in the most least expensive of almost all computers being sold is called “Paint”. While it is not really crap for real digital manipulation of a photo if you do use it for that purpose the end result is not a painting just because it was finished in the program, paint. There are several high end soft wares that do amazing things especially with a great base photo and then a person that also knows the software well. Artistic results can be and are attained. The point being, your friend misrepresented her work when she stated it is her “painting” by any and all acceptable definitions. So it does go to either the honesty or much less worrisome, the ignorance of the person making the claim. Let me also say, ignorance is not a slur or slant on anyone. It simply states a lack of knowledge and that just does not equate to stupid. However if you know better or you should no better, that is a different story alltogether. As to “my friend”, this is written for my friends, that use the brush.

  • Guest lkeegan

    Obviously you are reading the blog, as you should do, or at least I would want to if I was in your shoes (glad I’m not in them), but posting a comment like you just posted is a sure sign you are scraping the bottom of the barrel for anything to write about!!! Could it be you are a tad worried about the future for your beloved friend? Could it be you are beyond any means of helping him with any more lies you could come up with? Nothing more to say in his defense? I am still hearing new things to be used against him and they aren’t lies. Who really cares about whether or not she painted the portrait? All we all care about is the truth she is printing about your buddy. Stick to that…..

  • computergeek

    Folks, if you have a computer geek friend, especially one that is into picture applications, get them to go to her blog. You will see on top a picture of her son and her reference to this being “her painting”. If you don’t know how to tell a real painting from computer enhancement, and sometimes that is not all that easy to everyone, get your ‘geek’ friend to look at it. Her ‘painting’ I totally believe is not a painting at all but a computer driven image from a photograph using software such as photoshop or one of the other numerous software applications available to anyone. My point? She is again putting her fantasies in front of realities and expecting you to believe them. Or, better put, not being full forthcoming with the facts. Why would this be important? Is that not obvious? ‘Just saying’

  • Raymond

    I can’t believe stuff some people are saying. What is wrong with you. What if this woman was your sister,daughter wife or mother? What if this woman really was assaulted and she never reported the crime, a predator could be left to assault again. Next time maybe it will be someone in your family that is the victim.

    If this woman lying she will go to jail, and White will be vindacated and all this will just be a bad dream for him. Give him a few beers, he will be alright,Ill even buy. But if this lady is telling the truth then you are kicking a woman when shes down insulting her like that. Some yall really makes me sick. Have some dang respect.

  • Mr .King

    This continual deception is tiring.

  • Julie King

    First of all, I think you may be on a Witch Hunt…And yes I am educated and know how to spell “Witch”.

    I have been following this story with fascination as I, too, have been fearful of being alone with Mayor Richard White. He did not break any laws or assault me, but now I am certain that my instincts are on track. I have researched some of the items that Ms. Prater has written in her blog. Her charges of stalking were dismissed. I have talked to someone else who is mentioned in her blog that backs up her court stories. This person who told me this is in fear for her job and possible bodily harm if she says anything. As far as Susan’s attorney, his wife is a very nice woman, who deserves someone who does not cheat on her. I am not talking about the lady mentioned in Ms. Prater’s blog, but someone else I know.

    Ms. Prater did have raccoons at the condos. I live near there and saw it myself. I have never met her, but she is becoming an important part of our community and an example of a strong, determined woman who is trying to make a difference. I know the truth will come out and the right person metophorically will be burned at the stake (not steak).

    Get a clue…Haseyes….Get your facts straight. I am guessing you are a male or perhaps a female who has never had unwelcome advances that would not stop even though you told the person you weren’t interested.

    When is the court date? I will be there to hear the truth and watch the weasel squirm. I am praying to see justice work.

  • Susan Prater

    Julie, Thank you so much for supporting me! The court date currently scheduled is Dec. 3rd. Tell your friend—the one who backs up my story and the one who is in fear for her job (and bodily harm to contact me.) I would love to thank her personally for being honest and standing up for what is right—regardless of her fear!

    And again, Thank you

    Susan Prater

  • haseyes

    Regardless of where anyone stands on the issue here, your post with a link, proving a conviction in a court of law is worth something. There is indisputable proof of and action and also, the justice system doing the job it is supposed to do. You post is certainly credible because it is not a he said she said or speculation of any kind. You state something happened and then you post the unarguable factual proof. If all the posts in this blog that are words and accusations, defences and plain shots at one another, BUT HAVE NO BACKING WITH PROVEN FACT (as yours does) suddenly disappeared, about 90 percent of the posts in here on all sides would be gone. I would like to see all the posts that are simply opinions without basis of fact, removed. Of course, that would probably mean this one would go to because after all, it is just an opinion. But, it is not a slam to anybody.

  • Guest lol

    Lets see who’s the fruit cake, Richard White quit his job at the D.A. ‘ s office on the heels of these allegations….truth. Richard White was reported to the SBI in 2000 for sexually harassing women in BSL… Truth. Richard White had a sexual harassment complaint turned in against him in 2007 by a BSL employee…truth. Richard White got arrested for sexual battery…truth. Richard White was sued in 2000 by a former Police Officer and the town settled the suit by paying with tax payer money…truth. Who’s the fruit cake? The lady who stands up against this piece of crap ? I wish it was your daughter or wife that this piece of crap had tried to force himself on, as he has many women before. There is the truth so far ……. Don’t be stupid, use your common sense if you have any, or maybe you defend him because you are like him. Force yourself on women and think they owe you. This sex predator will be stopped no matter how much you defend him. We the decent people of BSL will see to it..

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  • Guest Who

    I think the site administrator of wway3 needs to step in look at the IP addresses from where these messages are coming from, and settle this once and for all. I’ll add my own bit of proof to help shut the person above up.


    Bullying has no place in society, in real life or online. Insinuating that someone is mental for the purpose to harass IS slander.

  • BSL Gal

    Wow! Is Susan moving to Boiling Spring Lakes. Of course, in a comment listed below she would have you believe she is from out of State and will be moving here soon. She goes on to urge us to throw Richard White out of office because the Mayor in her fictitious town was guilty of child abuse. This is darn close to slander. In a later posting, she also adds an anonymous comment “welcoming herself” to town. Perhaps she has a split personality and doesn’t realize that she is posting separate comments under a guest name. That would make sense considering her mental state. Just think about this. When she moves to Boiling Spring Lakes, Richard White will be her Mayor. Awkward!!!!!

  • haseyes

    Susan has several problems with her blog and most of them have to do with, no facts whatsoever, just allegations from one that has already been convicted of stalking! But forget that for the moment. Her “story” is, in a word, “incredible”! If you read it all, from start to finish it is easy to see it is “incredible” beyond, belief! I mean, who has not “attached” her in one way or another. First the guy that she said was stalking her but had that case dismissed while she was convicted of stalking him. Then, her attorney, a well respected one here in BSL that not only has never been charged with anything but also has a wife that has worked tirelessly for the betterment of our children here in BSL. Then it goes to the DA and the DA’s investigator. Why? Because they will not snap jump to her bidding! Look people, this is not just Richard White. It is some poor slob that got involved with a loon and tried to get away and she could not stand rejection and, her own attorney and, the DA and, White, and, etc.. etc., etc. So, where does she get her support? She gets in from the neighbors and friends of a disgruntled, fired employee. That is factual. Now to speculation and at least I will admit speculation rather than say it is fact because, “I think so” or “someone told me”, she gets it from the same group that has tried to defeat White at the Ballot Box and has failed two terms in a row! Of course they will ask for a resignation with their trumped up charges. Why, because they do not like what the majority of the citizens here in BSL said they wanted. They go further to insult those same citizens by calling them names like, stupid. In the end the truth will come out regardless of the circumstances. The truth will be, the truth. And when it does, this bottom feeding group will regather like all bacteria and try to survive on any flesh it may infect. The bottom line is, this will play out in the courts as it should and will not be played out by a mob of liars and disgruntles. When the [TRUTH] does come out, only the [TRUTH] will prevail regardless of what side of this apple you are on. It does seem the [WHITCH HUNTERS] today are just like the ones of old. Burning at the steak is much more important than fact.

    To those looking to come to BSL, that is the fact so come on we want you here and when you get here you will not be burned by vulgar and unwarranted allegations without any proof in a court of law!

  • Guest LK

    Oh, but it IS about just Richard White!!! We see no picture of a “slob” other than his. There IS proof of all he has done and it WILL come out in the end. The people I know had nothing against Mr. White until he actually showed his real self…..that is NO FAULT of the neighbors and friends of a disgruntled ex-city employee or anyone, except Mr. White, himself.

    I am praying the truth will come out. For the sake of his next “victims”.

  • Guest who

    Thank you for the welcome! I’m very excited to make the move.

    I don’t know Susan, but I did check her blog site that was posted here, and she seems to be trying to wake some people up. That’s tough and thankless task to attempt to tackle.

    I also looked up the stalking charge someone mentioned, and according to the Brunswick County court report, it looks like those charges were dismissed against her.

    All I can say about that is it seems to be human nature to attempt to discredit someone and call them a hater if they don’t have any real points to counter what the accuser is saying. Perhaps the person who is making these claims against Susan is a family member of the Mr White, and they have no real other way to defend him. It’s understandable, although it’s certainly not very honest. If you’re going to defend a friend or family member against wrongdoing, it’s smarter to have some facts on hand and to not embellish the truth. With the internet, anyone can look up almost anything and see what is what.

    Finally, I will say this- it seems to me, if a person writes a blog and discloses all their information about themselves on their own site, they probably wouldn’t be too shy about posting their name on a comment site.

    Can we now please get past this and focus on the issue at hand? Let’s have a meaningful discussion about the real problem.

  • BSL Gal

    Is anyone else getting tired of Susan P.’s anonymous comments on this site? Whether she is calling for Ricard White’s resignation or plugging her own incomprehensible blog, I expect that 90% of the comments here are from her. She will, of course, deny that. And this is the the so-called poor victim in this fiasco. Never forget that whatever she says, she is the only one who has been found guilty in Brunswick District Court. But in her twisted mind, the real guilty parties are the judge, the District Attorney, Richard White, and by implication, the rest of the residents of Brunswick County who have all conspired against her.

  • Guest like

    Someone continues to accuse Susan of writing these posts that she isn’t writing and forgetting the fact that this is about the mayor. I am hoping and praying people here will open their eyes and see this man for what he really is before something more terrible happens!!! He IS a pervert and HAS assaulted many women and his commissioners know this as well as we all do, but refuse to do anything about it. I think they are afraid of him and I don’t understand why.

    White has done absolutely nothing since being put in office as a favor by someone to get him out of another position he was about to be pushed from because of the same misconduct. His main objective was to fire the people from the police dept. he didn’t like because they wouldn’t do him favors!!!! And he has succeeded in doing that and once his mission is done, he will leave but continue to assault women wherever he goes (because he is “sick”) if someone doesn’t stop him and arrest him and jail him for at least 20 years.

    Thank you for liking our little city and we would welcome you here.

  • Guest who

    I’m not quite a BSL resident yet….once I sell my house I plan on moving there. It’s a gorgeous area. Since I’m out of state I won’t be able to be there for the city hall meeting, but hopefully I’ll be there in time to vote in 2013.

    I really hope the mayor or council does the right thing. If you guys are reading this, please listen to me. The town I come from just went through an awful ordeal with our former mayor, he was found guilty of sexually assaulting his adopted daughter and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. It was humiliating for the residents of our town, especially when our elected officials took the stand as character witnesses for the mayor (after he was found guilty) at his sentencing.

    Please, Mr.White, do the right thing and step down. Don’t drag us through the mud with you. BSL council, please be prepared to act if the Mayor does not do the honorable thing. Spare BSL citizens the humiliation. Show us that you are Christians and have the best interests at heart for BSL.

  • Guest like

    I like your thinking! People need to do a petition asking him to step down!! Start one of your own and get everyone you know in BSL to sign it….I know they will given that he is sooooo bad! Not losing anything because no one I talk to can even come up with one thing he has done for our little city! Be at the meeting in Nov. (on the 13th) and voice your opinion. You as a taxpayer have that right, you know?

    City council is stuck to him like glue….don’t let him have the next year in office!!!! Take action now if you are a BSL resident. He still has a year to go!!!!!!!

  • Guest who

    This paints such an ugly picture of a beautiful town. If this man has a single shred of respect for the town and citizens he would step down immediately. If he refuses to do so, then City Council needs to do the right thing and take action.

    If the council doesn’t take action, then every single person in BSL needs to be lined up at the polls and vote every single one of them out of office.

  • Guest. Keegan

    Nope! You’re wrong again!!! Susan wouldn’t use a different name than her own! Why would she need to? I was totally impressed by what she said and just wanted everyone to know about it. She has proof of all of this and if people still don’t believe her, they are really nuts. She should have been an investigator…at least she would have done an honest job unlike White and the rest of you people!!
    BTW LK=keegan

  • Brunswick Native

    It isn’t too difficult to figure out that Susan posted this comment under an alias to promote her Blog. I agree with her that you should read it. By doing so, you will realize what a “hater” she is. She hates Brunswick County and hates all the public officials and private citizens that were involved in finding her guilty of Stalking last year. She even hates Food Lion because in her twisted mind, Food Lion altered the the security video that was used in Court to prove her guilt. I only offer a caution when you read her Blog: Besides being vile and disgusting, she is a terrible writer so you will have a hard time following it from sentence to sentence.

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  • Funny Gal

    WWAY seems to be practicing one-sided journalism. What seems relevant to me is that the alleged victim was found guilty of stalking and harassment in Brunswick District Court last year. This wasn’t a miscarriage of justice. She pleaded guilty to the charges. Guess who the investigator was in that case? It was Richard White. Could the victim’s current charges against Richard White be a form of “payback”? I certainly hope that WWAY eventually sets out the complete story. Viewers have a right to know.

  • Humble

    while you are preaching you should do some more reading and study yourself! It seems that some very nice soft spoken person came in to this dialog with a Christian attitude and was then rudely turned on by you. So do a little more study and practice what you preach.

    Matthew 7:1-2 1Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

    Romans 2:1 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things

    Luke 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged:

    The courts and not anyone else will render judgement on this matter here on earth. He will render judgment for eternity. You, nor I, or anyone else has any right to judgement at all.

    Do you believe ‘the Word’ is for everyone except you? I don’t have a clue who wrote the original message and speaking as Christan but God bless them for trying.

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