Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Female coach sentenced for sex with teen girl

Chanda Franks, 35-year-old former gym teacher and softball coach at Haywood High School, Brownsville, Tennessee, pleaded guilty in in Madison County Circuit Court and was sentenced for engaging in sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Franks received a sentence of two years on each count of aggravated statutory rape and two years for coercion of a witness. The combined effective sentence was six years. But based on the plea agreement, which was approved and recommended to the District Attorney's Office by the girl's family, Franks is already eligible for release after serving a little more than nine months in jail. The terms of the agreement resulted in Franks pleading guilty to three counts of aggravated statutory rape and entering a best-interest plea to coercion of a witness.

Upon her release, Chanda Franks will be placed on supervised probation for six years and must register as a sex offender.

Franks was a gym teacher and coached softball and cross-country at Haywood High when she was indicted in Brownsville in March 2011 on 19 charges involving abuse of the 14-year-old girl between November and December 2010. The Haywood County indictment included five counts of statutory rape by an authority figure, five counts of aggravated statutory rape and nine counts of sexual battery by an authority figure. All of the charges involved the same female student, according to the indictment.

Chanda Franks sentenced for engaging in sex with a 14-year-old girl

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