Mixon charged with #8216;enticement#039; of student

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 19, 2007

Former Georgiana High School athletic director, head football and baseball coach Donald Ray Mixon resigned from his teaching position Thursday night and then turned himself in to the Butler County Sheriff's Office at 11:24 p.m., on charges of enticing a child for immoral purposes.

Mixon, 28, posted $10,000 bond at approximately 2:30 p.m., on Friday.

Mixon was fired as athletic director, head football and baseball coach April 19 for what Butler County Schools Superintendent Mike Looney called insubordination and violation of the school system's Internet use policy and the Board of Education accepted Mixon's resignation as a teacher at Georgiana during Thursday night's meeting.

&#8220The Board accepted (Mixon's) resignation tonight and we wish him well,” Looney said. &#8220Our acceptance of his resignation is independent of any criminal charges or legal issues he may face.”

Butler County Sheriff Kenny Harden said Mixon faces 1-10 years in prison if found guilty of the Class C felony charge, although more charges could come.

&#8220It is very possible other charges could be coming,” Harden said. &#8220We'll have to wait and see where the investigation leads us.”

Harden also thanked the Georgiana High School administration, along with the Board of Education for their cooperation during this investigation.

&#8220We have the same goal that the schools have: we want to make sure our kids are safe and they deserve an education.”

District Attorney John Andrews said Mixon will appear before the grand jury when it convenes August 13.

&#8220First, you have to understand he's innocent until proven guilty,” Andrews said. &#8220But to have a person with such an influence on young people and to take advantage of them is disheartening.”

&#8220If you can't trust school teachers, who can you trust,” Andrews added.

In the search to replace Mixon as a teacher, athletic director, head football and baseball coach, Georgiana Principal Joseph Dean said he and a committee of community leaders are working diligently and expeditiously to fill the roles.

&#8220It has been exhausting, but I have received such great help from the community,” Dean said. &#8220It's time to move on and close the door on one issue and open the door to another.”

Dean said there have 58 applicants for the job and he and his committee began interviewing candidates this week. He said he hopes to have a recommendation for the superintendent by the next board meeting.