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May 1, 2014

Tennessee DA: Franklin did nothing ’inappropriate’

PITTSBURGH — A Tennessee prosecutor says Penn State football coach James Franklin did nothing “inappropriate” when he contacted the woman who claims four of Franklin’s players at Vanderbilt University raped her last year.

Nashville Deputy District Attorney Tom Thurman tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday that “there is no indication that coach Franklin did anything inappropriate in this investigation.” Thurman says any contact Franklin had with the woman wasn’t significant to the case.

Franklin denied wrongdoing earlier this week when attorneys for a former Vanderbilt player charged with raping the woman along with three former teammates accused prosecutors of mishandling evidence in the case.

Thurman says the defense filings are merely an attempt to “intimidate the victim and malign veteran prosecutors.”

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