Former NMMI AD charged with sexual battery

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Reggie Franklin the former NMMI Athletic Director was facing charges of sexual battery.

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – A top employee at the New Mexico Military Institute has been arrested for allegedly groping a woman repeatedly.

The victim says Reggie Franklin, the Athletic Director and former Harlem Globetrotter to stop, but he wouldn’t.

Franklin, 57, is accused of inappropriately touching a woman at a Virginia alumni event in February.

The woman claims Franklin flirted with her, asked her if she had any naked pictures of herself online and grabbed her butt multiple times.

She says she told him no, but he kept reaching for her legs.

Franklin’s attorney, Phoenix Harris, says the allegations are false.

“That’s simply not true. These things simply didn’t happen,” said Harris.

Harris says Franklin, a two-time coach of the year, has a clean record.

She says her client is a family man who has served the Roswell community for more than 25 years.

“These are very serious and very damaging allegations and he’s absolutely disappointed and surprised to hear her complaints,” said Harris.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim came forward because she “heard” Franklin had done this before and she didn’t want him to go after anyone else.

“We look forward to defending these allegations in court and the truth coming out at his trial,” said Harris.

After the alumni event a warrant was issued for Franklin’s arrest.

He turned himself in to Virginia law enforcement in early July.

He’s out of jail, but he has a November trial date set for his sexual battery charge.

The institute would not comment on the case.

They say Franklin is still an employee at the NMMI, but is in the process of retiring.

They’ve already hired a new Athletic Director. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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