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Former school principal indicted for years of sexual misconduct in Franklin parish
from Staff Reports - NEWS
February 28, 2018 -

A former school principal at a Christian school in Franklin Parish has been indicted by a grand jury on 11 counts of sexual misconduct. District Attorney Mack Lancaster says 41-year-old Stephen Couch of Winnsboro was a teacher, later a principal, at the Apostolic Tabernacle Christian School in Winnsboro when the alleged crimes occurred.

“There were five counts of molestation of a juvenile. This was with five individuals. He was also charged with six counts of six counts of prohibited sexual conduct between and educator and a student.”
Lancaster says the crimes with the male victims who attended the school, stretch back years.

“Some of the acts were prior to him becoming principal. It was while he was a teacher there. The acts occurred between the year 2004 and 2016.”

All the victims were aged 14 to 18 at the time the offenses occurred. Lancaster says he knows many of them and their families and finds it hard to believe a trusted member of the community would commit such crimes.

“I know several persons at that church and at that school and I’m sure it’s very upsetting to them, it’s upsetting to the families of these victims and I’m sure… to family of Stephen Couch who committed these acts.”

Stephen Couch is the son of the Reverend Michael Couch, who serves as the director and president of the church. An arraignment hearing for Stephen Couch will be held in March.


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