Former Brevard High band director pleads guilty
TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY, N.C. -- A former Brevard High School band director has pleaded guilty to sex charges involving a student.
Kenneth Franklin, of Brevard, is a former band teacher at Brevard High School. On Thursday, March 3, 2016, Franklin pled guilty to five counts of indecent liberties with a student, a class I felony.
During the fall of 2014, an investigation into Franklin began when the administration of Brevard High School and the Transylvania County Sheriff's Office received an anonymous tip alleging misconduct between Franklin and his students. The investigation revealed that Franklin was having an inappropriate sexual relationship with one of his female students.
Franklin was sentenced to 10 years of supervised probation. Franklin cannot have any contact with the victim, cannot possess a firearm, and must register as a sex offender for a period of 30 years.
District Attorney Greg Newman states, "We recognize our teachers hold positions of trust. This man violated that trust. We appreciate the Transylvania County school system dismissing Mr. Franklin from his position. This conviction will revoke his certification to be a teacher in North Carolina."
The conviction will revoke Franklin's certification to be a teacher in North Carolina.