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Dale coaches criminally cleared after allegation, one resigns - Dothan Eagle: News

Dale coaches criminally cleared after allegation, one resigns

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Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013 12:17 pm

While two Dale County High School coaches were criminally cleared in an investigation that centered on an alleged inappropriate relationship with a female student, one of the coaches resigned after authorities said he did text inappropriate messages to the girl.

A statement from Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson’s office said details of an investigation into whether the coaches acted criminally were presented to the Dale County District Attorney’s Office, which found no criminal violations for either coach in relation to the case.

However, Dale County District Attorney Kirke Adams said there were inappropriate texts involving the girl with one of the coaches.

School board records indicate assistant football coach Al Gilmore resigned from the district April 24. The other coach’s name was not seen in records nor was it released by officials.

Dale County Schools Superintendent Donny Bynum placed both employees on paid administrative leave between five and 13 days while the investigation took place.

“We hold our employees to a high standard and are committed to providing our students with a safe environment conducive to learning,” he said in a statement.

The sheriff’s statement said little information was released during the investigation because the case was of sensitive nature and involved a juvenile.

“Based on our findings no criminal violations were found and no arrests will be made at this time,” the statement read.

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