Special needs teacher charged in affair with student

Mug shot of Dorothy Elizabeth Dixon. Photo/Coweta S.O.

A 29-year-old contract teacher working at Northgate High School was charged May 27 with child molestation involving a 15-year-old former student. Dorothy Elizabeth Dixon was arrested after her husband found sexting messages on his wife’s phone, confronted her and reported her explanation to authorities.

Maj. James Yarbrough of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office said investigators were alerted to what is said to have been a sexual relationship between Dixon and one of her former students, a 15-year-old male special needs student, after her husband found sexting messages on her phone.

Yarbrough said Dixon’s husband saw messages on his wife’s phone and originally thought those communications were with a adult male. But what Dixon told him when he confronted her, said Yarbrough, was that she had been having relations with a 15-year-old boy who had been a former student that she had taught in a special needs class at Northgate.

Dixon is employed by the Burwell Psychoeducational Center in Newnan and had been teaching special needs children at Northgate High School as part of a contract teaching agreement with the Coweta County School System, Yarbrough said.

Dixon’s husband called law enforcement and reported what he had been told, said Yarbrough.

Yarbrough said investigators determined that Dixon had been involved in the relationship with the 15-year-old for several months and had met him in different locations.

Coweta County School System spokesperson Dean Jackson said that even though Dixon is not a school system employee the matter is nonetheless a personnel issue and the school system cannot make any comment on the issue at this time.

Dixon is being held without bond in the Coweta County Jail.

pomsmom's picture
Joined: 11/06/2008
She needs to change her hair

She needs to change her hair color to blonde and she might only receive probation.I've seen two women receive probation and house arrest. Both women had long blonde hair. Go figure.

Gene61's picture
Joined: 01/14/2009
Special needs teacher charged in affair with student

Why is can't these women control themselves ? Wonder if she'll get a slap on the wrist or will they go after her with the full force of the law ?

Her husband should file for divorce and move on with his life.. I applaud him for taking action and calling the authorities..

Spyglass's picture
Joined: 01/28/2008
The special needs aspect puts this over the top for me..

Just hard to believe.

MajorMike's picture
Joined: 10/20/2005
How to trash your career, marriage, and life in one easy lesson

This incident lends a whole new meaning to the phrase "Special needs Education". There has got to be a lot more to this than what has been initially reported and probably none of it good.

Perhaps this article should be titled "How to trash your career, marriage, and life in one easy lesson". One must tentatively assume that she is at minimum a certified teacher - she will never work in education in the U.S. again. 29 years old - how old will she be when she gets out of prison? Her marriage was probably over before she admitted molesting a minor.

As Ron White says; "You can't fix stupid".

MYTMITE's picture
Joined: 02/14/2008
Predators come in all shapes and sizes as well as all sexes, it

seems. For a person in authority to have relations with a 15 year old student is sick enough but when it is a special needs student that is beyond sick. Wonder if she has children.

Joe Kawfi
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Joined: 07/20/2009
Protecting Children On the Internet

Protecting Children On the Internet

"Sadly, the Internet is the predator's venue of choice today. We need to update our strategies and our laws to stop these offenders who are a mere click away from our children."

kevink's picture
Joined: 01/07/2011
If Rep. Weiner had been smart, Joe, he'd have slept with a 15 yr

old learning disabled student, Slept with the wife of a person that worked for him

or just done the old fashion

sleep with prostitutes while running as a family guy and, by the way, keep your job in Washington like Mr. Vitter.

Why would these things be smart, Joe? Why, because they motivated not a scolding word from such an unprincipled, opportunistic man as yourself (not criticisms Joe, just objective observations.

That being said, Joe, your link was a GREAT find! Seriously! I wish I was the one who posted it :-).

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Joined: 12/17/2007
Credit to Joe Kawfi!

You deserve a shout-out for this very subtle but relevant post from good 'ol Anthony Weiner who still isn't sure if maybe he sent some explicit photos of his junk or anything else to those under the age of 18.

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