MANSFIELD (CBSDFW.COM) – Philon Deberry, the Molina High School girls wrestling coach who was arrested last month for sexual assault and improper relationship between and educator and student, has been re-arrested.
This time Deberry was arrested at his Fort Worth home by Tarrant County Sheriff’s Officers Friday.
Deberry is being held on a warrant for the Dallas ISD Police for an improper relationship between an educator and a student stemming from a relationship with a former student who graduated in 2011.
He has not been charged with sexual assault in this case, as the relationship was deemed consensual.
The girl met Deberry, who is married, her sophomore year at Molina High School. That year was also his first at the school.
She told police she developed a ‘crush’ on Deberry and told him in March of her senior year how she felt. It was at that point the two acted on their relationship, something they did until the girl ended it in October 2011.
There has been some debate on the age of the teen. She has been listed as being either 18 or 19 at the time of the incidents.
Dallas ISD Police Chief Craig Miller says they were investigating the first victim’s accusations when they learned of this victim. “These are out kids. Our task is protecting them.”
Deberry’s criminal attorney, Daniel Clancy, says his client will fight the charge. “He’s denying vehemently these claims.”
Deberry is currently being held at the Tarrant County Jail on a $50,000 bond. He will remain at the jail until he is transferred to the Dallas County Jail.
Tarrant County Jail officials say he will soon be handed over to Dallas County officials. Likely on Tuesday.
Clancy says he’s waiting for Deberry to get transferred, and that Deberry is looking forward to his day in court. “My client is denying each and everyone of these allegations. I don’t know what the motives of these students are.”
Deberry was placed on administrative leave from his position at Molina High School on February 13 for improperly transporting students off campus.
There are some similarities in this case and the other. Both students were said to be high school seniors at the time of the assaults. Both said their encounters with Deberry happened in the school’s locker room. Police also noted the two girls are somewhat similar in appearance.
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