(Coweta County, Georgia) Teacher Dorothy Elizabeth Dixon, 30, was sentenced yesterday by Coweta Superior Court Judge Jack Kirby after pleading guilty to sexual assault of a student at Northgate High School.
Judge Kirby gave Dixon probation for 15 years.
Judge Kirby said it was clear from Dixon's pre-sentencing statement that she was remorseful but that her actions with a former student were "an egregious betrayal of trust."Dixon was also ordered to register as a sex offender and perform 200 hours of community service.
Kirby also said that he felt that the only thing to be gained by sending Dixon to prison would be to serve as a deterrent to others.
Kirby noted that neither the victim or his parents chose to appear in court and speak prior to sentencing although they were aware that such an opportunity was available.
It's not clear why Judge Kirby thinks deterring other teachers from sexually assaulting students isn't a worthy goal. (h/t Watchdog)
Georgia Teacher Indicted in Sex Case - Update
[Previous 9/10/12 post]
(Coweta County, Georgia) Former contract teacher Dorothy Elizabeth Dixon, 30, has been indicted by a Coweta County grand jury and charged with child molestation and sexual assault against a Northgate High School student.
Dixon was taken into custody after investigators with the Coweta County Sheriff's Office learned about the alleged inappropriate sexual relationship from her husband, who was said to have discovered sexually explicit text messages on Dixon's phone.It's unknown why it took over a year to obtain an indictment.
Authorities said that when Dixon's husband confronted her with the messages, she admitted to having an affair with a 15-year-old boy who was also one of her students. Authorities believed the inappropriate relationship had been taking place off campus for approximately four months before Dixon's arrest.
Georgia Teacher Accused of Molestation
[Previous 6/4/11 post]
(Coweta County, Georgia) A 29-year-old special needs teacher at Northgate High School, Dorothy Dixon, was arrested by Coweta Sheriff's deputies on May 27 for allegedly engaging in sex with a 15-year-old male student.
Dixon was placed on leave by her employer, an education contract firm, pending completion of an investigation.
Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager said Dixon's husband tipped them off.Dixon was booked into custody at the county jail with bond denied. As of Thursday (6/2/11), she was still behind bars.
Her husband reportedly found sex texts on his wife's phone.
Yeager said Dixon faces child molestation charges.
"It's a felony charge, and if convicted she faces 20 years in prison," said Yeager.