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PRESS RELEASE
06/16/14

FORMER RICHLAND HIGH SCHOOL COACH PLEADS GUILTY TO ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD IN THE FIRST DEGREE FOR MISCONDUCT WITH STUDENT

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that Trevor Franklin of Stoutland, a former Richland High School employee and coach, pled guilty today in Phelps County Circuit Court, on a change of venue, to one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the First Degree for misconduct committed while he was employed by the Richland School District as a coach. 

The guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement negotiated between the Prosecutor’s Office and the defendant.  Franklin was originally charged with Sexual Misconduct with a Student, a class D felony.  Under the plea agreement, Franklin pled guilty to Child Endangering in the First Degree, which is a class C felony.  He will immediately serve ten days of shock time in the county jail, be on five years of supervised probation without the possibility of early release, serve ninety days of shock jail time at the discretion of his probation officer, complete outpatient sex offender counseling, permanently surrender his teaching license, complete 80 hours of community service, pay $300 to the Pulaski County Law Enforcement Restitution Fund and pay restitution for counseling of the victim and her family.  In addition, during the term of his probation, the defendant is prohibited from contacting the victim and his prohibited from being on the grounds of any school or being around any children unsupervised, except for functions involving his own children.

As a result of this plea to a higher charge, the defendant faces seven years in the Department of Corrections should he violate the terms of his probation, instead of four years under the original charge.  “This plea agreement brings a difficult case to a close and with an outcome that I am satisfied will prevent the defendant from trying to victimize any other students and send a message to others that conduct which jeopardizes students will not be tolerated,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.  “The plea agreement in this case was done with the consent of the victim and her family and I want to commend both her and her family for their assistance during this case and for having the courage to report this incident so that this conduct could be stopped immediately.  I also want to commend the Richland School District Officials, the Richland Police Department, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol for the quick reporting and thorough investigation of this matter, resulting in this plea of guilty today. 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Laura Kriebs and Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.

Please direct all questions to Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney.

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