Change of venue requested in Peter Frank case

Updated: Aug. 11, 2020 at 3:23 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The case of a former middle school band teacher accused of a series of sex crimes against his students may be moving out of New Hanover County.

On Monday, attorneys asked the court for a change of venue in the case, which re-ignited anger in the community over the handling of sexual abuse within New Hanover County Schools.

The case is currently in New Hanover County Superior Court, but a spokesperson for the North Carolina Department of Justice, which is now handling the prosecution due to a potential conflict of interest at the local level, said a judge is considering whether to move it.

Frank was arrested in late January, and later a grand jury handed down an additional indictment.

The former Roland-Grise Middle School teacher has been accused of sex crimes dating back as far as 1999.

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