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Coach indicted for relationship; grandfather faces criminal negligence


Five people were indicted for various charges by a Clay County grand jury Monday, Aug. 19, including a former coach at Henrietta High School and a Deer Creek man charged of a crime in the death of his grandson.



Matthew Ryan Franklin, 31, of Henrietta, has been indicted on one count of improper relationship between an educator and student, a second-degree felony.

According to court records, Franklin and the female student began a continuous sexual relationship in December 2012, when she was a senior at Henrietta High School. Franklin, a four-year employee of the district, taught U.S. history and coached softball.

Franklin resigned from Henrietta High School in March after he was told by administration that he would not be recommended as a coach for another year.

Franklin is out on a $100,000 bond.

Danny Eugene Bowman, 56, of Deer Creek, has been indicted on one count of abandoning or endangering a child in the Aug. 2



death of Daniel Wiley, 9, of Harrisburg, Ill. The criminal negligence charge is a state jail felony.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Bowman left Wiley and Wiley’s 13-year-old stepbrother at home without supervision and with an unsecured 12-gauge shotgun in the living room. Wiley’s stepbrother told investigators that he took the gun outside, where the weapon was accidentally fired.

Bowman is out on a $50,000 bond.

Deonte Marquis Combs, Wichita Falls, has been indicted for money laundering in an amount of more than $1,500, less than $20,000, a state jail felony, for a July 2 offense involving the delivery of marijuana. Bond was set at $15,000.

Chad William Cox, Bowie, has been indicted for impersonating a public servant, a third-degree felony, for a Jan. 28 offense. Cox is accused of using red and blue lights on a vehicle to stop a person. Bond was set at $15,000.

Conrad Jacob Willett, Bowie, has been indicted for evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, a state jail felony, for a July 11 offense. Bond was set at $5,000.


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