Former Palacios teacher pleads guilty to 6 charges

   Dillon Gaffney, a former Palacios High School employee, pled guilty and was sentenced last week in Matagorda County District Court in relation to offenses involving Palacios ISD students.
   Accounts indicated the incidents occurred at PHS during the 2015-16 school year, District Attorney Steven Reis said.
   A native of Ireland, Gaffney was assistant soccer coach and social studies teacher at PHS.
   He left Palacios ISD at the end of the 2015-16 school year to begin work as the head girls soccer coach at Huntsville High School for 2016-1017 school year.
   Gaffney pled guilty to six charges Thursday, May 3.
   He was sentenced to a total of 48 years in the state prison for three convictions for Improper Relationship Between Educator and Student and for three convictions for Sexual Assault of a Child (younger than 17 years of age).
   Each of the six convictions drew an eight-year prison term.
   One of the three Improper Relationship Between Educator and Student convictions also carried a $10,000 fine.
   Reis said all sentences will run concurrently – meaning Gaffney will serve them all at the same time.
   The sexual assault offenses will require that Gaffney register as a sex offender, the district attorney pointed out.
   Gaffney was arrested in late June 2017 and was indicted last November.

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