Lufkin parking monitor loses ticket book after allegedly touching woman

By Jeff Awtrey - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The last surviving member of Lufkin's Citizens on Parking Patrol, a volunteer group initiated to write tickets for vehicles parked in handicapped spaces, has been kicked off the group after a woman said the man touched her inappropriately in a post office parking lot.

According to the Lufkin Police report, a 43-year-old woman was at the old Lufkin post office, located at 300 Ruel Street, when she was approached by a man later identified as Fred Scott Franklin, 74. The woman said Franklin spoke to her briefly while she was getting her mail. The woman said Franklin spoke to her some more outside and told her he "really liked what he was seeing" and rubbed her on the arm and the leg. The woman said she told him not to touch her and she said he once again rubbed her on the arm.

The woman said she saw as LPD ID card on him and she asked him if he worked for police and he told her he did volunteer work.

The woman left and filed assault charges with the city attorney's office, according to the report.

The report states the woman identified Franklin in a photo line-up and that Franklin admitted to the crime to the police.

Lufkin Police Det. J.B. Smith said police confiscated Franklin's photo ID card and ticket book and told him his volunteer work was no longer needed.

Franklin was the last surviving member of a group created during Louis Bronaugh's tenure as mayor, which was used to crack down on illegally parking in handicapped spaces. Smith said another recent member died.

Class C assault carries a maximum punishment of a $500 fine.

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