Abilene Cooper coach 'glad' with standout's return; player remains accused of sexual assault of child

ABILENE, Texas - It remains unclear what went into Abilene Cooper head football coach Todd Moebes' decision to allow standout safety Cordell Dorsey – who has a pending felony sexual assault case against him – back on his roster.

What is clear, however, is Moebes is pleased to have the 18-year-old Dorsey playing again.

"We're just glad to have him back and we're going to leave it at that," Moebes said Tuesday, noting Abilene ISD released a statement indicating federal privacy laws prevent school officials from discussing Dorsey's situation.  

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.

Asked Tuesday what went into his decision to allow Dorsey to return and play in last Friday's 49-14 playoff win over El Paso Coronado, Moebes said: "There's a lot of decisions and a lot of factors that went into it."

Pressed more about his reasoning, Moebes added: "Well, that's not anything I can discuss on record – and I'm certainly not going to do that.

"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," he said. "And we're just happy to have him back."

Dorsey, who plays defensive back for the 5A Cougars, is a top prospect who committed to play for the No. 4-ranked Baylor Bears earlier this year.

Moebes downplayed Dorsey's importance to the Cougar's defense.

"I think all of our football players make us better," Moebes said. "It's not about one person. It's not about one individual as I've stated before. It's a football team.

"That's something we push and we strive for. Our offense has a lot of success and you know it's not all because of (star quarterback) Lorenzo Joe. It's not all because of (top athlete) Trey Dye.

"There's a lot of other guys that fill in and fill factors in it. It's not about one guy defensively. You're going to play football every snap with 11 guys on the field. And we're focused here about our football team and not any individuals."

According to the Taylor County District Attorney's Office, the case against Dorsey is still active and awaiting grand jury. Once his case goes to the grand jury, jurors will decide whether the case will be pursued or whether the charge will be dropped. David Thedford, his court-appointed attorney, told KTXS the case is active; however, it is not yet ready to be presented to a grand jury.

Cooper (7-4) faces Arlington Lamar (9-2) in the Class 5A playoff area round at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene.


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