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Centennial H.S. principal resigns after misconduct allegations

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A high school principal is out of a job, accused of an inappropriate relationship that may date back a decade.

A whistleblower claims Dr. Frank Brown had a sexual relationship with a Metro high school student years ago, and up until Friday he worked in another school district that might not have known anything about the claims.

Brown resigned as principal at Centennial High School following the accusations of sexual misconduct while he worked as a teacher at McGavock High School.

The allegations of misconduct against Brown date back 10 years, when he allegedly began sexual relations with a McGavock student that he continued through his tenure as principal at Centennial.

No one came to the door when Channel 4 News stopped by Brown's home Thursday in Franklin.

For now, the former Centennial High School principal is letting his attorney respond, calling the claims of sexual misconduct "absolutely false and outrageous" and recorded phone conversations "fake."

Now, two districts are caught in the middle of this whole alleged affair.

"I have no reason to believe any of our students are involved," said Dr. Mike Looney, superintendent of Williamson County Schools.

But the district was not taking any chances.

"There is no place in Williamson County schools for adults to have inappropriate relationships with boys and girls. And if that allegation is made, we'll investigate it to the fullest extent possible and take whatever action is necessary to keep those people from working with our boys and girls," Looney said.

During a nearly 20-minute, sexually explicit recorded phone conversation earlier this month, a man alleged to be Brown and the woman, who is reportedly now married with children, seem to reconnect after several years.

"You don't think our first time at McGavock, on the desk, I was shy," one person said.

"So, when's our first next time gonna be?" the other responds.

The two also allegedly exchanged emails and a nude photo that suggest an inappropriate relationship.

One of those photographs ended up at the Williamson County Schools district office last Friday.

Someone sent the district a disc with the taped conversation as well as emails Brown allegedly sent the woman while principal at Centennial.

Those are claims Brown's attorney, Bryan E. Pieper, denies.

"The audio recordings are fake. The emails are fake," Pieper said in a statement Wednesday. "Dr. Brown did briefly date the woman at issue several years ago, but that was years after she had graduated, when she was in her early 20s, and it lasted approximately two months."

The allegations against the popular principal seem to have caught everyone by surprise. Brown had a glowing record with Williamson County Schools, and Channel 4 News viewed Brown's personnel file Thursday from his years with Metro Nashville Public Schools, including time at McGavock. It, too, showed a solid record with nothing suggesting any inappropriate behavior.

At this point, it is not clear what is next for Brown.

However, his attorney insists there is more to the story and is asking everyone to withhold judgment.

Sandra Joyner, who retired last year as an assistant principal at Centennial, has been named acting principal at Centennial.

All of the information, including the recordings and emails have been sent to the Tennessee Board of Education, which could decide to revoke Brown's license.

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