Former sheriff’s office spokesman gets trial date
Frank Huggins - photo by File photo

Dates have been set for the trial of former Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Frank Huggins, who is accused of allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old student while in his capacity as her driving instructor in October 2016.

Both attorneys in Huggins case, on Thursday, told Forsyth County Superior Court Chief Judge Jeffrey S. Bagley that they are ready for trial, which is now set for Jan. 22 and 23.

At the Jan. 4 calendar call, Assistant District Attorney Sandra Partridge said that she had made her final offer of a plea deal to Huggins and his attorney Rafe Banks III, and Banks confirmed that they had rejected the offer. 

Huggins, 74, is facing two charges: felony sexual assault of a student and misdemeanor sexual battery.

Huggins allegedly touched the teenager’s “inner thigh” in October 2016 while “being a teacher at Lanier Technical College with supervisory authority over [the victim],” who “the accused knew and should have known was a student,” according to records.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said the incident occurred while Huggins was giving the teenage girl a driving lesson.

“Detectives confirmed the victim’s allegations using video and audio evidence from camera footage recovered from inside the vehicle,” a spokesman for the agency said at the time.

After his indictment in February 2017, attorney Rafe Banks III told Forsyth County News that nothing “improper occurred.”

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

He was also awarded a medal of merit in 2010.