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Ex-sheriff's deputy convicted of sexual assault, battery arrested for probation violation
Huggins, Frank Augustus
Frank Huggins

A former Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office deputy, who was sentenced to 10 years of probation in March for sexual assault and battery, has been arrested by local authorities for allegedly violating the terms of his probation.

Frank Augustus Huggins, 76, was taken into custody on Tuesday, April 30, after his home on Ridgecrest Avenue in Cumming was searched by an officer with the Department of Public Supervision, officials said.

Huggins appeared in court on Wednesday regarding a motion to “amend his sentence to allow him to serve his sentence as a first offender,” but according to Chief Assistant District Attorney Sandra Partridge the motion was later withdrawn.

At a bench trial in March, Huggins was found guilty of sexual assault and battery for touching a 16-year-old girl’s inner thigh in 2016 while acting as her driving instructor.

During the trial, a two-hour dash camera video recording was played in the courtroom, which showed Huggins repeatedly touching the girl's body.

Huggins was later sentenced to 10 years of probation and was ordered to complete 120 hours of community service by Forsyth County Chief Superior Court Judge Jeffrey S. Bagley. As part of his probation, Huggins was required to register as a sex offender and was banned from teaching or having authority over any other person, or from possessing firearms or drugs.

Previously, Huggins served as spokesman and part of the command staff for former Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton from 2001-10, before retiring in 2010 as a captain.

Huggins has been now charged with a felony probation violation and is being held in the Forsyth County Jail under no bond.

Partridge said that Huggins will appear again in court on May 21 for a probation revocation hearing.

Attempts to reach the Department of Public Supervision for comment on the circumstances of Huggins’ arrest have so far been unsuccessful.

This story will be updated.