Anderson County star athletes among those facing charges following school vandalism
LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (WDKY) - Four people are facing charges in connection to vandalism which occurred at Anderson County High School.
Three of the four teens were set to graduate from the high school the next day. Those three were Blake Franklin, Cobe Penny and Brandon Ball. They all face charges of burglary and criminal mischief connected to vandalism at buildings behind the school. A fourth teen, Anthony Bryan, is from Nelson County.
Penny is Anderson County's all-time leading scorer in basketball - a record he broke just this past season by surpassing the mark set previously by his older brother, CJ Penny.
Franklin starred at running back for the Bearcats football team and led the them in rushing this past season.
Arrest citations show Franklin and Ball broke into the baseball field house and caused damage by destroying lockers and hitting walls with baseball bats. Penny would join them as they broke into the football field house, causing more damage. Those three were arrested Tuesday night. FOX 56 has not obtained Bryan's citation.
School superintendent Sheila Mitchell says no one from the athletics department was available to talk about the incident. She said it was an unfortunate incident, the school district has handled it appropriately, and it has been handled by law enforcement.
Sheriff Joe Milam said surveillance video and interviews with witnesses led to the charges.
"I think we all make poor choices based on poor judgment, and I think that applies here. With that said I would like to say that you’re not judged by the actions you take, the mess you make. You’re judged by how you clean it up," Milam said.
Franklin, Ball and Penny were all released of their own recognizance, but one of the conditions of that release was that they not have any contact with the buildings they are accused of vandalizing.