Military man arrested for sex abuse at Tooele High School

Sgt. Brian Dragon taught military type classes at school


TOOELE Utah (ABC4 Utah) -  A military instructor is under arrest for sexual misconduct with a female student.
Sgt. Brian Dragon was arrested Saturday after Tooele police were convinced allegations by the female student warranted charges.

"We take allegations like this seriously and we want to complete a thorough investigation," said Corporal Tanya Turnbow with Tooele police.

Sgt. Dragon teaches ROTC-type classes at Tooele High School.  A spokesperson for the Tooele School District said he's not an employee of the school.  But the district has a contract with the U.S. Army to make the "Star" program available to students.  The district fired Dragon after learning of his arrest.

Last week, police said a student reported to a resource officer of possible inappropriate behavior between dragon and a female student.  After investigating Sgt. Dragon was arrested.

"The evidence that they've found now leads them to believe that rape is a more appropriate charge," said Cpl. Turnbow.

School district officials said they relied on the military's extensive network of doing background checks of its soldiers.  But the district also did a fingerprint check on Dragon and court records show he has no criminal history in Utah.

In a statement, the district said: "The real story is the amazing students we have, and for the courage of the individual who was suspicious of odd behavior, trusted his instincts and came forward to make the report."

As for Sgt. Dragon's superiors, they're disappointed.

"The charges are in complete contrast to the army values that we hold with high regard," said Jeff Ross, public affairs specialist with the U.S. Army.

Ross said Sgt. Dragon has been stationed in West Valley as an army recruiter over the past three years.  Ross didn't know if court-martial proceedings would take place but military lawyers would be reviewing the allegations.

Sgt. Dragon's been at the school since August and police aren't sure if this female is the only alleged victim.

"We want to make sure if there are any  other victims we are identifying them and getting them the appropriate resources as well," said Cpl. Turnbow.
 


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