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  • Trial delayed in Richland coach’s case

  • The trial of a former assistant basketball coach accused of having sexual contact with a female student has been postponed until December.
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  • The trial of a former assistant basketball coach accused of having sexual contact with a female student has been postponed until December.
    Trevor Franklin, 26, of Stoutland, was scheduled for trial in Phelps County this week. However, court documents indicate the trial was postponed until Dec. 16.
    Franklin 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 Nov. 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. 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.
    Franklin is one of three individuals employed by school districts charged in recent months. A former Macks Creek teacher and a soccer coach from the Crocker School District have also been charged with inappropriate student contact.

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