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February 24, 2014

Former Frankton principal arrested on suspicion of child exploitation

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FRANKTON, Ind. —

The messages asked the teen to come over to his house and drink with him. On Jan. 8, the woman confirmed with detectives that Hoss sent the messages. She said she never gave him her cellphone number and she assumed he obtained it from school documents.

Attempts to reach Hoss on Monday were unsuccessful.

The decision to terminate Hoss' contract in June was met with anger from a standing-room-only crowd who attended the meeting at the school system's administrative building. Parents screamed their disapproval. A row of students started crying as the decision was handed down. People threatened to vote out the entire board in the next election. Nearly half of the crowd stormed out of the room after saying their piece. Hoss stayed on at the school until resigning on Aug. 21.

On Monday, Frankton-Lapel Superintendent Bobby Fields said he had no knowledge of the new charges against Hoss. He said he couldn't discuss the reason Hoss wasn't renewed, but said it wasn't related to the new allegations.

"Obviously, hearing about it is concerning to us," Fields said. "I don't know what you can do to prevent things like this from happening. You saw he had a lot of support at that meeting last year. Some of his closest friends had no idea what was going on."

Fields said he's not completely familiar with the allegations against Hoss, but if any of the reported victims are current Frankton students, the school system would offer whatever help they need, including counseling.

"It's our responsibility to give them whatever help we can," Fields said.

Greg Granger, an Anderson University graduate, replaced Hoss as principal at the school.

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