JUST IN: Former sheriff’s captain found guilty of groping teenage driving student

Frank Huggins

Credit: Forsyth County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Forsyth County Sheriff's Office

Frank Huggins

A former Forsyth County sheriff’s captain was found guilty Tuesday of groping a teenage girl during a driving lesson.

Frank Augustus Huggins, 75, was working as a driving instructor at Lanier Technical College in 2016 when he was accused of repeatedly putting his hand on the inner thigh of a driving student, a 16-year-old girl. Judge Jeffrey Bagley found him guilty during a bench trial of felony sexual assault by a teacher and misdemeanor sexual battery.

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Huggins was sentenced to 10 years on probation, according to District Attorney Penny A. Penn.

He was arrested in October 2016 after deputies with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the victim’s allegations using evidence from camera footage recovered from the vehicle, the agency told AJC.com at the time.

He was later released from the county jail on bond.

Initially, Huggins, who served as a sheriff’s captain from 2001 to 2010 and was also a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, denied the allegations in a Facebook post.

He said he intended to prove his innocence in court.

Frank Huggins denies the alleged assault in a post on Facebook. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

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