Former Teacher Arrested

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

Janet Taylor says: "Man I was shocked. I couldn't believe it because they go to church and stuff all the time. I just couldn't believe she would do something like that."

Janet Taylor lives one building down from Danielle Brown and her husband, who is a reverend at a Baptist Church. So Taylor was shocked to hear that Brown had been arrested for giving alcohol to minors. But when police went to Brown's house they had other reasons for concern. After some of Brown's chorus students returned from a field trip to New York City one student came forward with other disturbing allegations against the teacher.

Warren County search warrant states: "The minor informed the officer that pictures were taken of him and another female student and that they were ‘half nude.’"

Police had a search warrant to seize the following items from Brown's home in Phoenix Place apartments here in Bowling Green:

A Kodak digital camera
Seven floppy disks
A DVD player
An m-p-3 player
Seven compact discs
Two cellular phones
One hard drive and one computer.

Jim Flynn says: "It's a terrible experience. Parents put their children in our care and that's an awesome responsibility and it's a very important responsibility and we take it very seriously."

Flynn is superintendent for Simpson County Schools. Earlier in the week he said they were very disappointed about the alcohol charges. He also said it's now been handed over to the county attorney and Franklin Police.

Flynn says: "As far as the remainder of any issues, we're going to follow board policy procedures and any applicable statutes."

According to the search warrant for Brown's home, there may be other statutes that Brown broke while she was a teacher.

Warren County search warrant states: "The son reported to this officer that Danielle Brown did take pictures of him and another female student in the chorus room of Franklin-Simpson High School."

Still it's hard for neighbors to believe.

Taylor says: "Someone told me the police had been out here but I didn't believe them. I'm thinking why would police be at the church people's house? Because they go to church all the time and she didn't seem like she'd be like that."

The Simpson County Attorney says he does not feel it is appropriate to comment about Brown's arrest at this time. The Franklin Police officer that handled the case did not return our phone calls.

Brown has been released on a surety bond from the Simpson County Jail. She has not been convicted of any of these crimes.

The investigation is ongoing, and we'll bring you more information as it becomes available.

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