Former Franklin Teacher Pleads Guilty to Having Sex With Student

| August 11, 2017

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – On Thursday, a former Franklin Middle School teacher pleaded guilty in the Venango County Court of Common Pleas to having a sexual relationship with a student.

Court documents indicate that 25-year-old Kyle Stanley Askins, of Franklin, pleaded guilty before Judge Oliver Lobaugh to one first-degree felony count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 16 years of age.

The following charges against were dropped in exchange for his plea:

– Statutory Sexual Assault: 4-8 Years Older, Felony 2
– Aggravated Indecent Assault – Complainant Less Than 16, Felony 2
– Interference W/Custody Of Children, Felony 3
– Corruption Of Minors – Defendant Age 18 or Above, Felony 3
– Indecent Assault Person Less 16 Years Age, Misdemeanor 2

Judge Lobaugh ordered a pre-sentence investigation, which is standard in cases involving sexual assault.

Askins, a 2010 Franklin High School graduate, was a third-year physical education and health teacher.

According to court documents, on August 11, Franklin Area School Attorney, Richard Perhacs, requested a transcript of the arraignment court and guilty plea.

Askins remains lodged in the Venango County Jail on $100,000.00 cash bail.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday, November 3.

Details of the case:

According to court documents filed by Franklin-based State Police, Askins and his alleged victim, a 13-year-old girl, met outside of school on approximately 10 occasions and school staff had contacted police.

The investigation began on May 1 after the girl’s parents discovered she was missing around 3:00 a.m.

During an interview with Franklin-based State Police Cpl. Bunyak later that day, Askins allegedly admitted to engaging in a relationship with the 13-year-old victim.

Askins allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse with the victim on eight known occasions, according to police.

“The defendant openly admitted to having oral and vaginal sex with the victim on eight occasions,” said Cpl. Bunyak in the affidavit.

Askins was fired by the school board in May, according to Superintendent Dr. Pamela Dye.

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