Alleged sexual assault victim speaks out

Alleged sexual assualt victim speaks out

The president of the Augusta branch of the NAACP has been removed from office after allegations of sexual assault has resurfaced.

"He's a predator. He's nasty. He's disgusting," said Ebony Harvey who claimed she was sexually assaulted by Dr. Charles Smith, the former Augusta chapter president of the NAACP, more than a decade ago.

Harvey said she was a band student at Josey High School under Smith's direction.

"Anytime he could," Harvey recalled, "there could be people in the band room or in passing; he would always make sexual remarks, try to brush up against me and others; try to grab my breasts whenever he could."

Allegations of sexual abuse surfaced against Smith in 2001 but the NAACP said they knew nothing about them.

"All of the allegations up to this point occurred between Dr. Smith and his students before his affiliation with the NAACP," said Francys Johnson, president of the statewide chapter of the NAACP. "At the same time we are deeply saddened that a member of the NAACP and certainly a leader of the NAACP is involved in such a terrible allegation."

Smith was removed as band director but settled with the Richmond County of Board of Education. Harvey said she felt betrayed.

"I felt the community was more focused on the pride of the band and that man's whatever than us and we're part of the community. We are the community," said Harvey.

Regardless of whether Smith goes to trial, Harvey said she hopes her story inspires others to come forward against him.

"I forgive him but I don't wish to be around him, friends with him, anything like that. He needs to be in jail," said Harvey.

We've tried multiple times to reach Dr. Smith but we have been unable to reach him.

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