Kenn Franklin pleaded guilty and was convicted of mixture theft by a general public servant in Montgomery County’s 221st District Court by Decide Paul Damico. (Kelly Schafler/Community Affect Newspaper)
Franklin resigned in mid-November soon after serving for 11 a long time as the district’s superintendent.
A a few-thirty day period investigation by the Texas Rangers identified that Franklin claimed reimbursement from the district for 31 journeys among November 2019 and October 2020 that have been inconsistent with telephone and toll information, according to arrest warrant affidavits from the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. Texas Ranger Derek Leitner concluded there was “well around $2,500 that was reimbursed to Franklin dependent on fictitious expense sheets,” Community Impact Newspaper noted.
Christopher Tritico, a protection lawyer with Tritico Rainey PLLC who represented Franklin, provided a assertion through a phone interview just after the hearing.
“After analyzing this case, Mr. Franklin understood he was likely to get convicted, and rather of placing his relatives and his neighborhood through the rigors of a trial and perhaps going through more time in jail than he obtained, he approved the accountability for what he had carried out and plead guilty. And that was the ideal issue for him, his spouse and children and his neighborhood,” he explained.
In a listening to on April 28 in Conroe, Franklin pleaded responsible and was convicted of aggregate theft by a community servant in Montgomery County’s 221st District Court docket by Judge Paul Damico, who was sitting for Choose Lisa Michalk. He was sentenced to two many years in state prison.
Darla Faulkner, assistant district lawyer for the Montgomery County DA’s Business office, said a 2nd demand of tampering with a govt report was dismissed in exchange for his guilty plea.
“We make plea presents that we assume are just and suitable, and he approved accountability and agreed to appear in and plead responsible,” she said.
The punishment for the third-diploma felony ranged from two to 10 yrs in jail or up to 10 yrs of probation, she reported.
Faulkner, who is also the Montgomery County particular crimes division main, stated it is upsetting when officers in positions of belief and authority dedicate a criminal offense.
“In an business this sort of as the faculty district, there is a lot of little ones [and] a lot of employees that rely on Mr. Franklin to be the superintendent he desires to be,” she claimed. “It really is upsetting to feel he wasn’t devoting the time they deserved and he was staying paid for it.”
Scott Powers, govt director of general public relations for NCISD, offered an emailed assertion in response to the sentencing.
“New Caney ISD has been notified of the resolution to previous superintendent Kenn Franklin’s scenario in Montgomery County,” his statement examine. “The district was completely cooperative with regulation enforcement all through its investigation and trusts that today’s adjudication was suitable.”