Augusta NAACP president removed after allegations of past sexual abuse resurface

Augusta NAACP president removed after allegations of past sexual abuse resurface

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The Georgia NAACP has removed Dr. Charles Smith as President of the Augusta NAACP branch.

Smith was removed from his position after allegations of past sexual abuse and abuse of power, according to a statement from Francys Johnson, president of the Georgia NAACP.

"As President of the Georgia NAACP, a husband, father and a longtime advocate for victims of sexual assault, I am grieved by the allegations," Smith said. "According to our preliminary investigation, every allegation reported occurred prior to Charles Smith, Sr.'s affiliation with the Augusta Branch NAACP."

One of Smith's alleged victims is speaking with Fox 54 today. Hear from her tonight on Fox 54 News at 10. 

"The NAACP has fought for over 105 years for justice and equality in this Nation. At the heart of that fight is a respect for the dignity and self worth of every human being," Smith said. "The dignity and self worth of Ebony Harvey, Linda Martin and the other courageous women who have come forward matters."

The Georgia NAACP has established a reporting hotline at 1-800-448-1750 for any information regarding the allegations against Charles Smith, Sr. Information received will be forwarded to law enforcement.

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