Palacios ISD Teacher arrested has more students come forward

A former palacios isd teacher was arrested in late June. .

Dillon Gaffney was originally charged with one count of improper relationship with a student during his time at Palacios ISD
since then, two more students have come forward.
He now faces three charges of improper relationship with a student and three charges of sexual assault of a child.

Gaffney is currently being held in Matagorda county jail with a $375,000 bond and and is under an immigration hold.

Palacios ISD released a statement saying :

“We are deeply disappointed to notify of the recent arrest of former Palacios High School Teach/Coach, Dillon Gaffney for having an inappropriate relationship with at least one former student during his time working with our district. Mr. Gaffney worked for our district during the 2015-2016 school year as a social studies teacher/ assistant soccer coach. At no point during his tenure here were we made aware of any inappropriate interactions between Mr. Gaffney and any of our students. Regardless of our district’s best efforts to thoroughly vet and screen all incoming employees, we cannot ultimately predict the future behaviors or actions to be displayed by our staff. What we can tell you with certainty is that we will always follow up and investigate any claims, allegations, or reports regarding inappropriate contact of any kind between staff and students and will not hesitate to take immediate and effective action when necessary and warranted. Unfortunately, we live in a time where these kinds of incidents can occur anywhere, even in smaller rural districts such as our own. No one is truly immune. Please be aware that we are fully cooperating with authorities and their investigation regarding this matter. The safety and security of our students will always remain the top priority of our organization and we will continue to work tirelessly to improve upon any best practices which support and increase the safety of our children. Thank you for your attention and support with this matter.”

Respectfully,

Dr. Alexandro M. Flores

Superintendent of Schools

Palacios ISD

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