MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – Police are working to find a Midwest City High School coach and teacher accused of touching a student inappropriately.
40-year-old Dewayne Williams faces a charge of sexual battery.
Mothers like Pam Gates picked up her child from school to learn the teacher faces arrest.
“That is horrible,” said Gates. “That’s kind of shocking.”
Her son says Williams teaches freshman classes as well as coaches football.
An arrest affidavit accuses him of touching a 16-year-old student. “…. grabbing her butt with both of his hands…”
It also says he, “… put his hand under her shirt and pulled her pants out away from her body.”
The affidavit says Williams denies the encounter.
“He said he spoke with [the student] for a few minutes, gave her a stick of gum and she left his classroom. He said he then ate his lunch and took a nap,” Williams said.
NewsChannel 4 tried to reach Williams at his home to hear his side of the story. No one answered the door.
Neighbors know him as a family man, and while they recognize he’s innocent until proven guilty, they want to be cautious.
“We gotta follow up on it and be aware of it, and as neighbors, we need to look out for each other,” said Dan Gulbranson. “We don’t want that in our own backyard.”
Mothers like Gates don’t want that in their schools.
“It makes you wonder what else you can do to protect your kids. You try to do everything, but what else can you do really? If you can’t trust them to be safe at school, where else can you trust them to be safe?” said Gates.
Midwest City Public Schools sent us this statement:
“We can tell you that Mr. Williams resigned effective December 20, 2013. He has informed us he resigned for personal reasons. We can also tell you that Mr. Williams has been on paid administrative leave since October 18, 2013, and will be on leave until his resignation is effective. Due to the confidential nature of personnel information we cannot share any other information.”