December 15, 2019 Airing out the Dirty Laundry

Former Forsyth County Captain found guilty of sexual assault of teen.

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Frank Huggins was found guilty of sexual assault and battery in the 2016 groping incident of a 16-year-old girl, in the Superior Court of Forsyth County.

Chief Superior Court Judge Jeffrey S. Bagley handed down two guilty verdicts against Huggins, who served as sheriff’s office spokesman until his forcefull retirement in 2010, he was sentenced to 10 years of probation and ordered we now have to register as a sex offender.

Frank Huggins, a 76-year-old resident of Cumming, originally arrested by the sheriff’s office on Oct. 4, 2016, after he was reported to police for sexually assaulting a teenage student by unwanted touching of her “inner thigh”. Frank Huggins found employment at Lanier Technical College after retiring as a driving instructor. Lanier Technical College swiftly terminated Frank Huggins after the incident was reported.

Assistant District Attorney Sandra Partridge explained to the court how on Sept. 8, 2016, a month prior to his arrest, Huggins gave driving lessons to the victim and during a two and a half hour lesson, repeatedly and inappropriately touched the teen on her leg, inner thigh, back and neck. The entire assualt was caught on the vehichles dash camera.

When the court thought that Frank Huggin’s could not possibly get any creepier, Partridge also said that during the lesson he “prepped the teen” “creepy sexual” conversation, commenting on her attractiveness, her boyfriend and telling her that he “would go to the beach with her, if she drove.”

Frank Huggin’s behavior was so disgusting that the teen texted her mom “HELP” and ended the session after Huggins took the teen to him home in Cumming.

The girl said on the stand that she began to feel uncomfortable from the moment the creepy Huggins began the driving lesson. The teen sat in silence as Huggins felt her up.

The state made the court sit through the 2-hour long video of the assault. The dash cam footage fully corroborated the girl’s story and the state’s case rested.

Bagley had no choice but to side with the state, announcing that he believed that Huggins had acted “inappropriately” and had committed the acts that he was accused of. 

“I think that Mr. Huggins made some very poor decisions that day, I think he took advantage of a young girl in that vehicle,” Bagley said.  

Huggins, has been sentenced to 10 years of probation, will have to register as a sex offender and has been barred from teaching or having authority over any other person.

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