Ex-Eastside star charged in June rape

The 2008 Gainesville Sun football player of the year was charged in a motel robbery and rape of a dancer.


Published: Saturday, August 1, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, August 1, 2009 at 12:55 a.m.

Officers arrested a former star player on Eastside High School's football team in connection with the robbery and rape of a woman hired to dance in a hotel room in June, according to a police report.

Tyrone Martinez Dixon Jr., a star lineman last fall on Eastside's football team and The Gainesville Sun's big school player of the year for the 2008 season, is accused in an attack on a 19-year-old woman at the Knights Inn, 2820 N.W. 13th St., on June 11.

Booked into the Alachua County jail late Thursday, Dixon denied the allegations and told police he was not in the hotel room that evening and has never been to the hotel in his life, according to police.

However, police reported they have forensic evidence that puts Dixon at the scene of the crime, and police said the victim of the attack identified Dixon from a photo lineup.

Dixon was being held Friday at the jail on charges of sexual battery and robbery with a firearm in lieu of a $500,000 bond, jail records showed.

The woman, who is from the Ocala area, told police she was hired to dance for a man she knew as "Ronnie" and his friends at the hotel. Four men turned up at the room where she asked for her money. After she put the cash in her vehicle, she went back to the room to dance.

The woman said Dixon forced her onto the bed and was armed with a gun.

The men hit and kicked her before raping her, she reported to police.

Afterward, she said Dixon told her to hand over her vehicle's keys so they could get their money back and said they would kill her if they couldn't find the cash.

"He appears to be the ringleader, and we are alleging was the most violent of the three," police spokesman Lt. Keith Kameg said.

"We have significant leads, and to those people who know who they are, it's probably in your best interest to contact police before we have to issue warrants for your arrest," Kameg said.

Dixon was listed as a senior at Eastside during the spring semester and played defensive and offensive tackle for the school's football team. In February, he signed a scholarship to play for Butler Community College in Mississippi.

The lead detective in the case is Patty Nixon, who can be reached at 334-2470.

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