|Updated: 8/12/2013 10:22 pm
||Published: 8/12/2013 9:59 pm
Muskogee schools are facing another controversy with its coaching staff. Assistant basketball coach Robert Dubose was hired last year, but the school missed something in its background check. Dubose pleaded guilty for a drug possession in Texas and is still on probation for the charge from 2009.
According to the Texas court records, Dubose and a friend were pulled over in Hunt County, Texas. After they gave conflicting stories about their destination, the deputy asked if he could search the car. Dubose and his friend denied permission to search the vehicle but the deputy called a K9 officer to do a perimeter search. The K9 alerted the police to check the trunk of the car. In the trunk, the deputies found a cooler next to Dubose's and his friend's bags, with a total of 13 pounds of marijuana. Dubose pleaded guilty in court, but criminal attorneys tell FOX23 it's not considered a conviction because he received a deferred 10-year sentence.
Melony Carey with the Muskogee School District says Robert Dubose will continue to teach at Muskogee schools next year. He is currently still employed and his co-workers say he's a great employee who has done everything asked of him.
When Cindy Murray Wykes, a parent, heard the news today, she said, "I didn't like it because we have enough problems keeping our kids off of drugs." The school district's spokesperson says she heard it first last school year, an accusation of drug possession against paraprofessional Robert Dubose, who teaches at the seventh- and-eighth-grade center. The spokesperson said the district thoroughly investigated the situation when it was brought to its attention. FOX23 found court documents that show Dubose pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana in Hunt County, Texas in 2009.
The Muskogee officials said, "It's not our policy to hire convicted felons, we thoroughly researched and found he received a deferred adjudication, so if he were a convicted felon it would be a different situation, a totally different situation."
A parent of a teenage Muskogee student said, "I'm not a harsh person but I would like to know my kids are safe at school and not being exposed to drugs and alcohol, especially by faculty members and people in charge.
Along with the deferred sentence, Dubose received 10 years of probation and community service. Attorneys tell me if he stays out of trouble, the court will withdraw the guilty plea and the case will be dismissed.