NMMI AD accused of groping woman at Virginia event

July 29, 2014 • State News

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Military Institute’s athletic director has been accused of groping a woman at an alumni event in northern Virginia earlier this year.

The attorney for Reginald W. Franklin says the [auth] allegations are untrue and his client looks forward to his day in court.

The Roswell Daily Record reports the 57-year-old Franklin voluntarily surrendered to authorities in Virginia’s Fairfax County after an arrest warrant was issued for sexual battery.

Franklin, of Roswell, is out of jail on bond. At a court hearing last Friday, his case was continued to Nov. 14.

Authorities say the allegations involve the wife of another alum and reportedly occurred at a Feb. 22 function in McLean, Virginia.

Prosecutors say a misdemeanor sexual battery charge carries a sentence of up to one year in jail.

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