Coach arrested for improper relationship with student

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Update: Bond for Matthew Ryan Franklin was set Friday, June 28, at $200,000.

A former coach and teacher at Henrietta High School was arrested early Thursday afternoon after admitting to having a sexual relationship with a student.

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Matthew Ryan Franklin, 31, of Henrietta has been charged on one count of improper relationship between educator and student, a second-degree felony. He remains in the Clay County jail. Bond has not been set.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Franklin and a female student began a sexual relationship in December 2012, when she was a senior in high school, and has continued since.

A criminal investigation into the relationship began on Wednesday, June 26 when Sheriff Kenny Lemons and Chief Deputy Mark Elgin interviewed Franklin at his home. The female was present when they arrived. During the interview, the female stated that she first began having feelings for Franklin during her sophomore year, but that despite rumors there was no improper contact until she graduated in May. She said that since graduation, they have “basically moved in together.”

Franklin later stated that sexual contact had begun earlier. Franklin said he knew it was wrong, but could not tell her to stop.

Franklin was the head softball coach and U.S. History teacher at Henrietta High School for approximately four years before submitting his resignation in March. Franklin resigned from Henrietta High School as rumors swirled about the relationship and he was told by administration that he would not be recommended for another year as a coach.

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