BLOOMFIELD, Ind. – A biology teacher at Bloomfield High School has been charged with child seduction after allegedly having sexual relations with a 17-year-old student.
Along with the child seduction charge, Franklin D. Hall, 36, is a facing possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia charges.
Police were contacted about the alleged encounters on May 25, 2016. The victim initially denied anything was going on with Hall.
On Oct. 19, 2016, the victim came forward to the police and said her and Hall had been sending nude photos through Snapchat prior to a sexual encounter in Hall’s Bloomfield house.
During their “relationship,” the victim says Hall gave her between $500 and $1,500 as well as buying her flowers, chocolates and paying for her and her friends to get their nails done. She also told police that Hall gave her grades in school that she did not earn.
The victim said when Hall learned that she had a steady boyfriend, he became rude and threatening in messages and she proceeded to block him on social media and avoided him at school.
On Oct. 20, a search warrant was used to search Hall’s house. The home’s appearance matched the description given by the victim. During the search, marijuana and paraphernalia were also found. Police say Hall refused to be interviewed.
Emily Perry, Executive Director of Susie's Place, a center that investigates crimes against children, said that unfortunately this case is nothing new.
"It increases people’s awareness of maybe the frequency that these situations are actually occurring," Perry said.
Perry said it's vital that schools, and even parents, be trained to spot red flags, particularly through social media.
The victim in this case said that "...she did not discuss the nature of her relationship with Hall over Facebook, that they instead used Snapchat (which) is more difficult to trace," according to court documents.
To learn more about training and even take a course yourself through Stewards of Children, go to the link here.