Former Centennial High School Principal Won't Face Charges
by Aundrea Cline-Thomas
FRANKLIN, Tenn. -The Williamson County Sheriff's Office willnotpursue a criminal investigation against a former Centennial High School Principal. Dr. Frank Brown has been being accused of having a sexual relationship with a student nearly ten years ago when he was still working with Metro Schools.
"Frank had a good reputation within our district. He had proven himself here," Dr. Mike Looney, Director of Williamson County Schools said.
Frank Brown had been the Principal of Centennial High School for two and a half years.
"We had no reason to doubt that he was a good candidate for the Centennial job. And to be honest with you he did a lot of good things at Centennial," Dr. Looney added.
On Monday, Brown submitted his resignation amidst allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a student when he was a teacher at McGavock High School in Nashville. Williamson County school leaders suggest the relationship continued while Brown was at Centennial.
"I expressed my extreme concern. He listened and we came to a mutual understanding that he should resign," Dr. Looney said about the conversation he had with Brown.
Late Wednesday, the district released e-mails meant to support those claims. In it, an e-mail address that's being attributed to Dr. Brown suggests that he had a relationship with the woman in question when she was not a student and no longer a minor. The correspondence is addressed to the woman's husband who threatened to report the allegations.
In a statement, Brown's attorney Bryan Pieper denied the allegations saying Brown has never had an inappropriate relationship with any of his students.
"[Brown] is distraught that Williamson County School System did not even bother to conduct the slightest investigation or due process, opting instead to simply accept the story from a source that is far from credible, and coercing him to sign a resignation against his will."
Pieper went on to explain the relationship Brown had with the woman.
"Dr. Brown did briefly date the woman at issue several years ago, but that was years after she had graduated, when she was in her early 20s, and it lasted approximately two months. In more recent years she has contacted him in an attempt to revive a dating relationship, which he rejected. "
Pieper said he hopes to provide a complete story to Williamson County Schools in hopes of avoiding legal action.
Metro Police and the Davidson County Sheriff's Office are not pursuing this case.
Sandra Joyner, a former assistant principal, has been named the interim Principal at Centennial High School until Brown's permanent replacement is found.