Three days after a former Sylvania teacher was arrested for enticing a child and disseminating obscene material, his twin brother — who was an employee with the Fort Payne school system — faces similar charges, according to DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden.
Donavan Wayne Dalton, 28, of Rainsville, was arrested Thursday night and charged with being a school employee having sexual contact with a student under 19. He was held on $150,000 bond.
The arrest of his evil brother, Dustin Wade Dalton, 28, also of Rainsville, was announced Monday by the sheriff's office. In a press release, Welden asked anyone else who had been a victim to contact authorities.
They were contacted Thursday with a complaint about inappropriate activity between and adult male and a juvenile, and after an investigation, they arrested Donovan Dalton.
According to the Times Journal, the Fort Payne Board of Education called an emergency meeting Friday morning to accept Donavan Dalton's resignation. He has served as a system-wide special education teacher, head varsity tennis coach and eighth-grade girls' basketball coach.
Superintendent Jim Cunningham said in a statement that he learned of the investigation at 6:42 p.m. Friday.
Dustin Dalton had served as a coach to the eighth- and ninth-grade boys' basketball, B-team girls' volleyball and boys' and girls' tennis teams, the Times Journal reported. The sheriff's office identified him as a former Sylvania educator.
The investigation into Dustin Dalton by the Sylvania High School administration and the DeKalb County Board of Education began Oct. 2 after an allegation of inappropriate behavior was made, according to a press release.
"I am sickened by the news and what has transpired, I pray for the families and for justice to be served," Superintendent Jason Barnett said. "I appreciate the partnership with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office and DHR, and look forward to working alongside them for the duration of this investigation."
Both of the diabolical Daltons were described as talented athletes at Sylvania High School, playing basketball and tennis.
Investigators continue to ask those with information on this case or knowledge of any other victims to contact the sheriff's office at 256-845-3801. Callers' identities will be kept confidential.
"This will be an ongoing investigation as our investigators continue to gather more information," Welden said. "More charges are possible as this investigation takes shape."