CARBONDALE — A music teacher in Lackawanna County was arrested Friday on charges of corrupting the morals of minors.
Steven Dixon, 27, of Scranton was brought to the Lackawanna County district attorney’s office to be charged.
Dixon is a music teacher at Carbondale Area High School. Police say he was inappropriate with some of his students. Now they are charging him with corruption of minors and giving alcohol to minors.
Police started an investigation at Carbondale Area Junior Senior High School because the school had raised concerns about Dixon’s behavior with students.
“It was highly inappropriate and illegal and Carbondale will not tolerate this kind of behavior,” said Carbondale Area School District Superintendent Joseph Gorham.
Court papers say students thought of Dixon more as a friend than a teacher. At least one student admits smoking marijuana with Dixon and says Dixon bought him alcohol.
Police say there was also misconduct inside the classroom. They say he told middle school students in his class that he masturbates and told them that he thinks about them sexually.
“When we hear these type of allegations, they are concerning. They are frustrating. When we have somebody who is entrusted, not only by the school district but by the entire community, we certainly expect much more,” said Lackawanna County Assistant District Attorney Mariclare Hayes.
Dixon is the second high school music teacher in Lackawanna County who was charged in a case in the past year and a half.
In Februray of 2013, Matthew Stevens, the band director at Lakeland Junior-Senior High School near Montdale, was accused of having a sexual relationship with a former student.
Stevens has not yet stood trial on those sex charges.