A Dallas high school teacher was arrested on Friday for felony charges of improper relationship with a student, days after posting bail on rape charges involving another student.
KXAS-TV reported on Monday that police suspect 43-year-old Philon “Sam” Deberry of meeting an 18-year-old student at Moises Molina High School for sex in a locker room after the student told Deberry, a teacher and wrestling coach at the school, that she had a crush on him. Authorities said the girl told detectives the relationship was consensual.
Deberry’s attorney, Danny Clancey, said Deberry denied the accusations. Deberry was placed on paid administrative leave from the Dallas Independent School District and was awaiting transfer from jail in Tarrant County, Texas, to Dallas.
According to The Dallas News, police believe the locker room where Deberry allegedly met the student for sex is the same one he allegedly locked a 17-year-old female student in in December 2012 before forcing her to perform a sex act.
Deberry was arrested on Feb. 20 on another count of improper relationship with a student as well as sexual assault charges related to the encounter. The 17-year-old student told police that Deberry had been “harassing her, hugging and kissing on her” since September 2012 before cornering her in the locker room. He was released after posting $30,000 bail.
Watch KXAS’ report on Deberry’s latest arrest, aired Tuesday morning, below.
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