Written by Corbett Smith
Abilene Cooper, Arlington Lamar's next opponent, reinstates star player charged of sexual assault of a child for the playoffs
Abilene Cooper's 49-14 playoff win over El Paso Coronado last week made for some interesting news, for all the wrong reasons.
Before the game, Cooper reinstated safety Cordell Dorsey - a three-star prospect who had originally pledged with Baylor - back on the roster. Dorsey was arrested in September, charged with first-degree felony aggravated sexual assault of a child, and had been indefinitely suspended from the team from that moment.
Cooper (7-4) will face Arlington Lamar (9-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Abilene's Shotwell Stadium in the Class 5A Division II area round.
"Dorsey was arrested in September on a first-degree felony aggravated sexual assault of a child charge. According to an arrest report, the alleged victim was an 11-year-old girl who claimed Dorsey had molested her every weekend over the summer up until the end of July.
The Taylor County District Attorney's Office has said the Dorsey case remains active and has yet to go before a grand jury. The sexual assault of a child charge against Dorsey hasn't been dropped, officials say.
"We are not aware of any changes in status of the case," Taylor County District Attorney James Eidson said via email Tuesday."
When pressed on why he would reinstate a player with serious charges still pending, Cooper coach Todd Moebes wouldn't give specifics.
"I had some time to evaluate our situation with the open week (on the schedule) and we were able to make some evaluations and do that type of stuff," Moebes told KTXS. "And we're just happy to have him back."
And here's a column from Amarillo Globe-News columnist Jon Mark Beilue on the decision.