Ex-Frankton principal faces charges over text messages with female students

Jerry Hoss (Provided photo/Madison County Sheriff's Department)

MADISON CO., Ind. (WISH) – An ex-Frankton Jr.-Sr. High School principal who was fired last June was arrested on Sunday for multiple felony charges.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Jerry Hoss Jr., 43, of Anderson, has been charged with one count of attempted child exploitation, a Class D felony; one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor (drugs), a Class A misdemeanor; and two counts of official misconduct, a Class D felony.

Court documents say a female student reported to school officials that Hoss sent her inappropriate text messages from June to August. Another student accused Hoss of inappropriate conduct with a student during the previous school year.

An investigation was completed in January. The Madison County Prosecutor’s Office issued a warrant on Saturday. He turned himself in on Sunday. He was released an hour later after posting a $10,000 bond, county officials said.

Hoss was a principal at the school from July 2005 to June 2013. He resigned in August, court documents said.

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