CD East parents raise questions over coach with criminal background

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Monday night’s Central Dauphin East school board meeting took a turn when one parent questioned the criminal background of a visiting coach.

Karen Patterson spoke on behalf of several parents who are concerned, not only about basketball coach Darrick Dixon of the Williamsport area being allowed to interact with members of the CD East girls team, but also what took place after Dixon’s past became known.

Dixon was sentenced to 11½ to 23 months and three years probation after pleading no contest to charges that he had sex with one of his players at his home in 2001.

Parents say Dixon was an occasional guest of current Central Dauphin East girls’ coach Larry Moore, Patterson says.

Patterson was disappointed by the way the district handled the interviewing process of the CD East players and she hopes the board will seek accountability.

“Our hope is that you will recognize that this latest issue is just one more example of this current coaching staff and the administration are working towards a poor culture in the basketball program at East High, and it is detrimental to kids both on and off the court and to the district as a whole,” she said.

District officials would not comment on the matter, citing a personnel matter and pending litigation.

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