BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) — A former educator with the Bastrop Independent School District was accused of having sexual contact with two high school students, court records from Bastrop County show.
Roy Franks, 47, faces two counts of indecency with a child – sexual contact and two counts of improper relationship between educator and student, both second-degree felonies, indictments show. KXAN has reached out to his attorney, who said Franks “is brokenhearted over the allegations; he vehemently denies any wrongdoing and believes that he will be fully exonerated when all the evidence comes to light.”
The charges stem from incidents on March 23, 2022, and Dec. 1, 2021, during which Franks was employed at Cedar Creek High School, and the students were enrolled there, the indictments said.
Bastrop ISD said Franks taught law enforcement-related classes at Cedar Creek High School.
In a statement, a district spokesperson said they discovered the allegation against Franks on March 25 of this year. The same day, he was placed on leave and banned from campus. Franks then resigned on April 6.
The incident was turned over to the Bastrop ISD Police Department for a full investigation. In keeping with our protocols and the law, the District reported the allegation to Child Protective Services and the State Board for Educator Certification.Bastrop ISD spokesperson
The district said its “highest priority” is the safety of students, and it’s working and cooperating with law enforcement on the case.
Franks’ first hearing is set for Oct. 5, according to online court records.
The Texas Education Agency said statewide, they’re seeing an increase in these kinds of reports: In the 2021 fiscal year, they had 339 reports. In just the first three quarters of this fiscal year, they’re already at 302 reports.
Timeline of events
Dec. 1, 2021: Court records describe Franks touching private areas of a high school girl.
March 23, 2022: Investigators said Franks touched the breast of another girl.
March 25: Bastrop ISD said they found out about the allegation and placed Franks on leave. They also banned him from campus.
April 6: Bastrop ISD said Franks resigned.
April 27: The Texas Education Agency started investigating Franks. He is on the agency’s Do Not Hire Registry during the investigation.
June 14: Grand jury indicted Franks on charges of indecency with a child and improper relationship between educator and student.
July 11: Police arrested Franks.
July 12: Franks posted bond.
Oct. 5: Franks’ first scheduled court hearing.