Trial date set for Morris teacher charged with sexual abuse

MORRIS, Okla. — A Morris high school teacher will face a jury September 21, 2021 after being charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse of minors.

Dallas Tyler Ewton is accused of sexually abusing now-former students of Morris Public Schools during school and at school events, according to an affidavit filed July 1.

Ewton was charged in the federal Eastern District of Oklahoma, based in Muskogee, with aggravated sexual abuse, sexual abuse of a minor and abusive sexual contact of a minor.

A former student of Ewton’s told federal agents in May 2021 that he sexually harassed and sexually assaulted her. The allegations say it started when the student was just 11 years old until she was 15, marking her 6th through 10th grade years.

The victim said Ewton forced her to perform sexual acts on him, raped her, kissed her and forced her to expose herself to him.

The incidents occurred in class, after class and during school programs and tutoring sessions, the affidavit alleges, and the victim said these incidents happened every day unless Ewton was not at school.

The document shows Ewton also threatened the victim’s life and the lives of her family if she were to tell anyone about the acts. She said he would use the premise that she was missing assignments or failing class to get her to come to his classroom so he could assault her, according to the affidavit.

Other former students were interviewed, and one said Ewton had touched her inappropriately during class several times between 2019 and 2020, according to the affidavit. She said she later decided to take online classes to avoid having contact with him.

“One of the Morris School District’s top priorities is to provide a safe learning environment for its students,” Superintendent Chris Karch said in a statement. “When the District was made aware of the arrest of an employee based on allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct, it immediately placed the employee on administrative leave.”

Ewton pleaded not guilty today.