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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Change of venue granted for former teacher

  • A former Richland assistant basketball coach accused of having sexual contact with a female student will go to trial in Phelps County instead of Pulaski County starting in August. The case received a change of venue on June 14.
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  • A former Richland assistant basketball coach accused of having sexual contact with a female student will go to trial in Phelps County instead of Pulaski County starting in August. The case received a change of venue on June 14.
    Trevor Franklin, 26, of Stoutland, is charged with sexual contact with a minor. 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 after allegations were raised that he was involved with a student while employed by the Richland School district were he was an assistant basketball coach.
    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.
    A jury trial is set for August 19 in Phelps County. Franklin's trial will be overseen by Judge William Hickle.
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