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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Former coach’s prelim set for May

  • The preliminary hearing for a former assistant basketball coach for the Richland School District charged with sexual contact with a minor student has been scheduled for May.
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  • The preliminary hearing for a former assistant basketball coach for the Richland School District charged with sexual contact with a minor student has been scheduled for May.
    Trevor Franklin, 26, of Stoutland, is due back in court on May 22, in Pulaski County. Franklin is currently free on $50,000 bond. Conditions of the bond prohibit Franklin from being around minors or from having contact with the victim and/or her family.
    Franklin was arrested in March following an investigation by the Missouri Highway Patrol into allegations he was involved with a student while employed by the district.
    The investigation was turned over to the Missouri Highway Patrol after being reported to local authorities.
    Franklin was released from his position with the Richland High School in November 2012.
    According to court documents, the victim said she came in contact with Franklin during basketball season. She obtained Franklin's cell phone number to ask him questions. There was a reported exchange of text messages beginning on Nov. 15 through Nov. 30, 2012. More than 4,300 messages were shared during the 15 day period.
    Among the allegations in the court documents were on two occasions, Franklin and the victim allegedly exchanged kisses. One at a fast food restaurant and the other on the Richland High School grounds when school was not in session according to reports. Franklin also allegedly held the victims hand on a school bus while traveling home from a basketball game.
    Court documents describe a situation where the two planned a time for the two to be alone. Franklin asked the victim to meet him at his truck while at a basketball tournament in Laquey. The school's surveillance video system confirms that the two left the building together.
     

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