Huntsville High School coach arrested for improper relationship

Huntsville High School girls soccer coach Dillon Gaffney was arrested late last week.

The Huntsville Police Department executed an out-of-county warrant from Matagorda County for Gaffney, 24, on the charge of an improper relationship between an educator and a student while he was a teacher and assistant coach for Palacios ISD.

Gaffney, who finished his first year as girls head soccer coach at Huntsville High School, was booked just before 1 a.m. Friday morning at the Walker County Jail.

“It doesn’t matter if someone is of age or not, it is not permitted for an educator to have a relationship with a student” said Lieutenant Jim Barnes of the HPD. “These aren’t always cases where something just happens. Often, time passes while the student receives counseling and comes to terms with what happened to them.”

Following his booking, Gaffney was then transported to Matagorda County.

On Friday evening, the Huntsville ISD released a statement saying, “On Thursday, June 29, 2017, the district was made aware of the arrest of an employee. The charges against the employee do not involve any Huntsville ISD student. While personnel matters are confidential, the Huntsville ISD community and stakeholders can be assured that swift action will be taken. As a reminder, the district must follow all applicable laws when taking action against an employee.

“The employee has been placed on leave and removed from duties at this time. As always, we will continue to cooperate fully with all authorities involved.”

Gaffney’s name has been removed from HISD’s staff directory.

Gaffney, a native of Kildare, Ireland, was an assistant coach with Palacios ISD from June 2015 to August 2016 before being hired by Huntsville ISD in June 2016.

Gene Schallenberg is the Sports Editor for The Huntsville Item.

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