Student told Alto police she had sex with coach twice on school grounds

By Jeff Awtrey - email

ALTO, TX (KTRE) - A female student at Alto High School told police she had sexual intercourse with a coach on two separate occasions on school grounds.

The student, whose name is being withheld to protect her identity, gave police a written statement on March 4 stating she did kiss Paul Dixon up to ten times, but did not engage in intercourse with him. However, she gave another statement on March 13 admitting to engaging in intercourse with him on Feb. 17 at the elementary school gym and again on Feb. 23 on school grounds.

The student stated in the first affidavit that others in her school found out about the relationship and told another employee at the school, who told the superintendent about the relationship.

In the second affidavit, the student alleged Dixon's father, John Paul Dixon, who also served Alto ISD as a coach, put pressure on her to lie to police about the relationship.

Alto ISD accepted a resignation from Paul Dixon and put John Paul Dixon on paid leave until the investigation was complete. A Cherokee County Grand Jury chose not to indict John Paul Dixon on tampering with a witness charges.

Alto Superintendent Ray DeSpain said John Paul Dixon has been taken off leave following the grand jury's action, but declined to comment further on his status, including any kind of disciplinary action taken.

KTRE acquired the student's sworn affidavits through an open records request filed on May 12, which the Cherokee County's District Attorney's Office appealed to the Texas State Attorney General's Office.

"I'm truly sorry about my actions and the whole ordeal," the student stated in the affidavit. "I would never want this to happen to any other female and/or male student. It's not worth the time whatsoever. If I could go back and change anything, I would because all the stress from this is truly not worth it."

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