WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) - The head of security for the Godwin Heights Public Schools has been charged with criminal sexual conduct against a student, the district superintendent told 24 Hour News 8.
Ken Franks, whose company, ES Safety & Security, is contracted by the district to provide security for the schools, was arrested Tuesday after a brief internal investigation. Franks owns the company.
District superintendent Jon Felske confirmed to 24 Hour News 8 the district received information about Franks on Monday, launched an internal investigation, then called the police on Tuesday.
Franks was then arrested and arraigned Thursday ontwo counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. His $50,000 bond was continued.
A previous allegation against Franks was internally investigated, Felske said. Franks, the student and others denied there was a relationship at that time.
But a new tip from a different student came to light on Monday, and that's when the school once again looked at the allegation.
ES Security guards remain on the job at the schools, as none of them are implicated in this allegation. Franks, though, has been suspended, and the contract will be reviewed after the case is resolved.
Below is an e-mail Jon Felske sent to the staff of the Godwin Heights Public Schools.
On Monday night the Godwin Heights school district requested the assistance of the Wyoming Police Department with information administrators received involving Ken Franks, district head of security, and a Godwin Heights student. Yesterday, the Wyoming Police Department's investigation led to the arrest of Mr. Franks early in the evening and charged him with criminal sexual conduct in the first or second degree. Mr. Franks will be arraigned either late this morning or tomorrow morning according to the information I received from the Wyoming Police Department.
The Godwin Heights administration is continuing to assist the Wyoming Police as they continue to collect information on this case. Staff members who may have any additional information should contact Officer Jill Bishop of the Wyoming Police Department at 530-7300.
As for district security, Jeff Wainwright and Luke Scott will continue to provide district wide security as they are not a part of this ongoing investigation...
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