Holden ex-fire chief on trial for indecent behavior with juvenile

Opening statements began Wednesday in the trial of a former Holden fire chief on charges of indecent behavior with a 14-year-old girl in 2012.

Franklin Dale Church, who formerly served as fire chief of Fire Protection District 10, which covers the Holden area, faces nine counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.

District Attorney Scott Perrilloux said prosecutors called witnesses to the stand after opening statements. He said prosecutors plan to call about 25 witnesses during the trial.

Perrilloux said his office expects the trial to end sometime Friday.

Church, 46, 22614 Charles Holden Road, was arrested July 30 on allegations of indecent behavior with a 14-year-old girl, the Livingston Sheriff’s Office has said. He was booked on counts of indecency with a juvenile, felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

The counts stem from acts that occurred in 2012 between March and June, the Sheriff’s Office has said.

In November 2010, Church was arrested on 101 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and one count of pornography involving a juvenile. Those counts were dismissed by a state district judge who ruled that the statute of limitations had run out on those allegations.

Those cases involved incidents that allegedly occurred more than 30 years ago, Perrilloux has said.

After the counts were dismissed, Church posted a $150,000 bail on a remaining count of computer-aided solicitation of a juvenile and was released from custody.

The counts involving the 14-year-old girl allegedly occurred while Church was out of jail on bond, authorities have said.