Freedom High Teacher, Notre Dame Standout Charged With Sex With Minor

Dwight L. Ellick, who played at Wharton High, and later spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student, investigators said.

A former teacher and area football standout was charged with having sex with a 16-year-old student, Tampa Police reported Friday.

Dwight Levasiyea Ellick, 28, had a sexual encounter with the girl at his home on June 4, 2010, investigators said. School officials learned of the encounter four days later and reported it to police, who turned the investigation over to the State Attorney's Office.

Ellick was a standout at and later played college football at Notre Dame. He was a cornerback for the Fighting Irish from 2001-04 and spent time in several NFL camps, including with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

He was arrested Friday morning at his Compton Palms Drive home without incident and is charged with an unlawful sex act with a minor. He was booked at the Orient Road Jail.

Ellick taught math and coached girls track at Freedom before being removed from those positions in June 2010 after being accused of having the sexual relationship with the student, according to Linda Cobbe, Hillsborough County School District spokesperson. At that time he was given a non-school position in the attendance office until his contract was up in June 2011, Cobbe said.

Ellick was originally a substitute teacher for the Hillsborough School District and started in November 2007, Cobbe said.

The news comes just days after an expelled Freedom student, Jared Cano, was arrested and charged with .

"I think it's terribly unfortunate for these things to happen at this great school right before school is starting," Cobbe said. "I would point out that these individuals should not reflect the quality of the school."

Cobbe said the fact that Ellick and Cano hadn't been at the school very long and both were removed when there was a problem shows that the school takes action when it sees that individuals don't meet its standards.

Freedom senior Neena Pacholke said the negative press is unfortunate but the student body will push on this year.

"We are all just trying to get through it," she said. Pacholke added she wasn't surprised about the arrest of Ellick.

"I had heard people talking about it," she said of the alleged incident.

Stay with Patch for updates.

Wiliam Oberholtzer August 20, 2011 at 02:34 PM
I wonder what behavior was ignored in South Bend?
4me2knw August 20, 2011 at 02:56 PM
I swear, the perverts are everywhere! What is it with you perverted men/women that makes you think a child is more sexy than an adult? I just don't get it. Is it the power you have over the small innocent child? When you're at least 3 times their size? What do you expect them to do? Bunch of good for nothings, scum of the scum. Do us all a favor and Just go kill yourseleves so you don't hurt anymore children.
QueenGeek August 20, 2011 at 03:15 PM
I'll bet he gets prison time..unlike Debra Lafave. Male teachers having relations with female students is treated differently (and more severely) than female teachers having sexual relations with male students. IT IS WRONG EITHER WAY, and one should be treated the same as the other!
David Camin August 20, 2011 at 04:02 PM
Most child molesters are nice people in most situations. It's what they a do to these children by taking advantage of them sexually.
Glenn Posner August 20, 2011 at 05:21 PM
Well...at least these predators drive slowly and carefully in school zones.


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