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Former Forsyth County Sheriffs Office spokesman charged with sexual assault on a minor
Video, audio footage from inside car led to arrest
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Frank Augustus Huggins.

FORSYTH COUNTY -- A former public information officer for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office was arrested Tuesday evening on charges of sexual assault and sexual battery against a minor.

Frank Augustus Huggins, a 73-year-old man from Cumming, reportedly attempted to grope a teenage girl “multiple times” as she was driving and in his capacity as a driving instructor with Lanier Technical College, according to Deputy Epifanio Rodriguez, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

Huggins, who served the agency from 2001 to 2010 and whose duties included working on the command staff for former Sheriff Ted Paxton, was arrested about 7 p.m. on Oct. 4 at his home.

He retired in 2010 as a captain.

The victim, whose identity or any other information regarding the incident is being withheld to protect the juvenile, supposedly reported Huggins when they got back from the driving lesson.

It was not immediately clear when the alleged crime happened.

"Detectives confirmed the victim’s allegations using video and audio evidence from camera footage recovered from inside the vehicle," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said the recordings are not being released because of “the age of the victim.”

The sexual assault charge is a felony, while the battery is a misdemeanor, Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said Huggins has “no prior arrest history” in Forsyth County.

Huggins posted an $11,220 bond Tuesday night.