A former Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office spokesman currently awaiting trial in the Forsyth County Superior Court for charges of sexual assault and battery now faces a civil lawsuit in district court for alleged inappropriate comments and touching while working as a driving instructor.
Frank Augustus Huggins, 74, of Cumming is accused of violating a 16-year-old girl’s right to bodily privacy 48 times by “repeatedly touching her legs, arms, neck and shoulders” while serving as her driving instructor. Huggins was employed by Lanier Technical College.
A Flowery Branch woman, who is the mother of the 16-year-old, filed the suit in U.S. District Court Sept. 6.
Huggins was previously arrested by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 4, 2016, and was charged with one felony count of sexual assault and one misdemeanor count of sexual battery.
Huggins served as spokesman and part of the command staff for former Forsyth Sheriff Ted Paxton from 2001-2010, before retiring in 2010 as a captain.
This new complaint alleges that Huggins made the girl “fearful for her safety” by displaying a pattern of behavior including “explaining the Mann Act,” a federal statute that deals with prostitution and child pornography; referring to “old guys like me hooking up with young girls”; and telling the girl she was attractive.
“(The girl) was deprived of her constitutional rights; subjected to mental pain and suffering, distress, anxiety and humiliation,” according to the lawsuit.
After Huggins’ indictment in February 2017, his attorney Rafe Banks III told the Forsyth County News that nothing “improper occurred.”
Forsyth County News could not reach the attorney for either side for comment.
Huggins’ criminal trial was set to begin on Sept. 24, but it has since been pushed to the next court calendar.
The civil suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages.