Improper conduct accusations directed at ETX coach

Published: Jul. 26, 2012 at 10:55 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2012 at 10:55 PM CDT
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UNION GROVE, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas coach is now on leave, amid accusations of improper conduct.

Three alleged victims are seeking a hearing concerning Union Grove coach Steve Mulkey.

Union grove ISD placed Mulkey on administrative leave over accusations from alleged victims who claim improper conduct on his part in the 1980s.

"The safety and security of our students is paramount in our thoughts, at this point in time as per school policy , we've placed that employee on administrative leave and will investigate thoroughly," said Union Grove ISD superintendent Brian Gray.

The alleged victims have come forward and are being represented by Bryan attorney Ty Clevenger, a Union Grove alum, who posted the accusation on his site 'Lawflog'.

"In some instances its allegations of groping, in other instances its allegations of sexual intercourse. Classmates of mine one in particular contacted me because she had learned that there were other classmates who had a similar experience, and we ultimately filed a petition for a court of inquiry and ask the district court to open an investigation," Clevenger says.

Several people have come to Mulkey's defense after reading the accusations on Lawflog. But these accusations come from when Mulkey was a coach at Union Grove , some 30 years ago. Since then he's worked at numerous school districts and no reports of any improper conduct.

"We are trying to find out whether there were more recent incidents. There will be no law suits against the school district there is no animosity towards the school," says Clevenger.

Mulkey has not been charged with any crime. Clevenger is hoping the TEA will appoint an independent hearing examiner to investigate the claims against Mulkey. Mulkey is being represented by attorney Scrappy Holmes, who plans to fight the accusations, and prove the coaches innocence.

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