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Bond denied for educator in sex case

Frank

Frank

By Jeylin White

jwhite@news-daily.com

Former Clayton County substitute teacher, Rene Frank, had her first court hearing Tuesday afternoon, for alleged sexual misconduct with a student.

Frank, 27, sobbed as a Magistrate Court judge asked if she understood her rights, and then told her he was denying bond in her case. Instead, he said, he was setting two court dates for her -- one, for her preliminary hearing, and the other for a bond hearing.

Frank, who is charged with sexual assault of a person in custody/school, reportedly admitted to police that -- while working at Charles Drew High School -- she engaged in sexual acts with a 17-year-old, male student.

She also admitted, according to an affidavit for an arrest warrant in the case, to having sex with the 17-year-old "on several occasions, while inside her motor vehicle, parked on the street," in Jonesboro. She said all sexual acts with the student occurred off school property.

Frank told police, the affidavit said, that her relationship with the 17-year-old started "when the student's father asked her to drive him [the student] to school," and things progressed from there.

Frank also said she is pregnant with twins, and that the 17-year-old student is the father of the babies, according to the warrant affidavit.

Frank said she did approach the student's mother and told her about the pregnancy and the relationship, the court document said.

The document also states that Frank said "she did not engage in any sex acts with any other students at Charles Drew High School, even though there is another child who alleges she" did have sexual contact with him.

Frank had been a substitute teacher at Charles Drew High School since sometime in 2010, and was the 17-year-old student's sixth-period math teacher.

The complaint was first received May, 4, according to police, and the student was interviewed, and admitted to having a sexual relationship with Frank.

The lawyer listed as Frank's attorney in court documents was not present at her hearing, and could not be reached for comment, later Tuesday.

Frank's next court appearance will be for her preliminary hearing, on June 21, at 8 a.m. Her bond hearing has been set for June 24. Both will be held at the Harold R. Banke Justice Center, in Jonesboro.