Haywood teacher faces more student sex charges

BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A west Tennessee grand jury has indicted a Haywood County teacher and coach on 19 counts of sexual battery by an authority figure.

Chanda Franks was originally arrested in February and charged with a single count. The 34-year-old Franks is a physical education teacher and coaches soft ball and cross country teams at Haywood High School.

Her attorney, Leslie Ballin, told The Jackson Sun he had not yet seen a copy of the indictment, but assumed the charges relate to the same 14-year-old girl who was central to the original charge. Ballin said his client would appear in court Friday morning on the indictment.

Franks was free on bond after the initial charge and was ordered to have no unsupervised contact with minors, pending the outcome of the charge.

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Information from: The Jackson Sun, http://www.jacksonsun.com

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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