OKLAHOMA — New details in the case of a former Wanette teacher accused of looking at nude photos of high school girls.
Charles Clay Dawson, 43, was arrested for the crime last week.
Now, one of his previous students is coming forward about an inappropriate relationship she allegedly had with him 15 years ago.
“I felt special. It was different. I hadn’t had anyone treat me like that before.”
The woman, who asked not to be identified, says she was 16 when she fell in love with her Purcell basketball coach Charles Clay Dawson.
“It started back when the internet first started and there was instant messaging. Innocent at first.”
She says the relationship progressed to include sexual encounters.
“I had my own cell phone. He supplied me with a separate cell phone to contact each other,” she said. “We had certain places we would meet.”
Eventually, she says, they were found out and the coach had a meeting with the superintendent, Wayne Maxwell.
Maxwell said in a statement that Dawson denied the claim and went on to say, “I informed him that regardless, based on all the rumors, that I felt it would be in the best interest of the school for him to resign, which he did.”
The girl’s parents decided not to press charges. We spoke to her mother.
“They say hindsight is 20/20 and looking back, I take responsibility,” the girl’s mother said.
Pain still resonates 15 years later after hearing Dawson allegedly looked at naked photos from two of his students in Wanette. One 15 years of age, and another 16.
“It makes me sick to know that if I would have done something back then, or my parents or the school administration, then this would have not happened again,” the former Purcell student said.
She is hoping telling her story today will make a difference.
“This can happen to anybody.” Anybody can persuade you and I was manipulated by an adult.”
We have been trying to get ahold of Dawson since Friday, but have not received a response.
In addition to Purcell and Wanette, Dawson also worked at Western Heights and Dove Science Academy.
A Senate bill that would keep teachers accused of sex crimes from leaving one district to go to another recently passed the House.
We will keep you updated on its status.