Dallas area coach arrested for sexually assaulting student

DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – A 43 year-old Molina High School wrestling coach is in jail on charges of sexual assault and improper relationship between and educator and student. His bond has been set at $200,000.

Philon Deberry, who goes by Sam, was being investigated by Dallas ISD police for an unrelated incident when a student came forward with new allegations.

A 17 year-old student told police Deberry had been "harassing her, hugging on her" since September of 2012, court documents said.

She told police Deberry made her guilty by telling that if she told anyone, he would lose his wife and kids, the affidavit said.

Court documents say in December of 2012, Deberry lured her into a locker room, then locked the door behind her. The victim said Deberry unbuttoned his shorts and she tried to get away but Deberry grabbed her by the hair. She tried to yell for help but nobody came, the affidavit said.

Deberry then forced her to perform a sexual act on him. She hit him and he eased his grip and she was able to get away, court documents stated.

On February 13th, Deberry was placed on administrative leave for transporting students to and from the physical exams they need to play sports, according to DISD.

The victim told a school administrator that now that Deberry was gone, it was the first time she felt safe, the affidavit states. She then confessed to the school administrator what had happened in the locker room in December of 2012.

The school administrator contacted police.

The investigation is ongoing. Police are searching for more possible victims.


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