The head football coach who was suspended at a Fort Myers high school after several athletes had sex with a 15 year-old girl in a school bathroom will not be fired.
Former South Fort Myers head football coach Anthony Dixon learned his fate Monday during a closed door meeting with members of the Lee County School District.
"At this point in time I still have the opportunity to be in their lives so it's a good thing," said Dixon.
It's not yet clear when Dixon will be allowed to return to work, but when he does he will no longer serve as the WolfPack football team's head coach.
"Today I think we're moving in the right direction," said Dixon.
It's a direction Dixon didn't think his career would go after being suspended without pay and benefits in August.
The Lee County School district was considering firing Dixon after an investigation determined he "failed to provide adequate supervision" during an after school study hall, where over two dozen football players were captured on camera entering a restroom to have sex with a 15 year-old girl.
Some of the acts were recorded and posted to social media.
Dixon did not want to speak about the specifics of the incident that led to his suspension, but he says the school district made the best decision for the students.
"I don't want to say what reason or who made the decision or whatever, I just think that the way things are going on now we need people that really care about the kids," said Dixon.
Fox 4 asked if he would have done anything differently. "When I go to work everyday, I go to represent my family so like I said I'm going to continue to be a great husband, great father and a great leader and that's what I focus on," said Dixon.
Dixon says the support from his students, family, and the community kept him fighting to keep the job he loves and he promises not to let them down.
"You never really know how many lives you have touched and I don't really want pats on the back and stuff like that because this is what I want to do but I have to continue to work and get better," said Dixon