Prep Athletic Director Resigns Over Texts to Student

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A high school athletic director in Iowa has resigned after sending what was deemed an “inappropriate” text to a student.

Alex Brayton, former athletic director at West Fork Community School District, resigned Thursday after the district released the results of an investigation into possible inappropriate behavior with a student.

Brayton had been employed at West Fork since 2009 and resigned after being put on administrative leave.

Brayton did not deny any of the allegations, but sent a statement to families.

"I was placed on administrative leave by the West Fork Community School District this week so it could investigate recent allegations that I engaged in inappropriate text communications with a student. I did send a personal text message to a student commenting on the student’s attractiveness, which is inappropriate for a person in my position, and I understand this sort of behavior is not something that can be tolerated by the District," Brayton's statement read, according to the Globe Gazette. "While I welcome the District’s continuing investigation to confirm that no further misconduct occurred, as a result of this lapse in judgment I will be resigning from my positions as Wellness Center Director, Athletics Director, and coach at West Fork.

West Fork superintended Mike Kruger released the following statement concerning the incident:

In full, the statement from Kruger reads, "West Fork CSD has placed Alex Brayton on administrative leave for the remainder of the school year as an investigation continues and will not be returning to West Fork School District in any of his previous roles. The Board plans to act on Alex Brayton’s resignation at its meeting on April 18th. At this point the district is in the process of filling the vacancies with current staff. Mr. (Lance) Thompson will be the interim athletic director.

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