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Trial for former sheriff’s office spokesman delayed
Frank Huggins
Frank Huggins - photo by File photo

A continuance has been filed in the case of a former Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office spokesman who was accused of sexually assaulting a 16 year old in 2016 while serving as her driving instructor.

The trial date was set in early January, but the court announced Friday that the trial would not go on as scheduled and that the case had been postponed. A new trial date has not been set

District Attorney Penny Penn said Friday that the state filed a motion to postpone the trial due to a scheduling conflict.  

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

According to indictment documents, 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.”

Deputy Epifanio Rodriguez, spokesman for the sheriff’s office said in 2016 that “detectives confirmed the victim’s allegations using video and audio evidence from camera footage recovered from inside the vehicle.” 

When Huggins was indicted in 2017, his attorney Rafe Banks III told the Forsyth County News that nothing “improper occurred.”

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.

He was also awarded a medal of merit in 2010.