New allegations surface against fired Cape Coral High teacher

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CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Disturbing new allegations are surfacing against a Cape Coral High School teacher fired on Tuesday.

According to a newly-released internal investigation, several female students accused 48-year-old Doug Dingerson of making inappropriate sexual advances.

Dingerson was an assistant coach on the Cape Coral High track and field team. Several female students on the team told investigators certain things Dingerson did and said made them extremely uncomfortable, even fearful for their safety.

The students told investigators Dingerson would regularly make comments about Fifty Shades of Grey being his favorite movie, and that he “enjoyed watching people in pain.”

They said Dingerson would watch them as they undressed at practices, making suggestive noises, and on at least one occasion, he inappropriately touched a student while helping her stretch.

The students also told authorities, Dingerson made comments like “you’re just my type” and “too bad you’re too young.” The students said the incidents usually occurred when no one was around.

One student told investigators, “I felt like he was going to rape me.”

A former student also told investigators Dingerson coerced her into having sex with him three days after her 18th birthday back in 2009. The woman claims she became emotionally and financially dependent on Dingerson, and that he groomed and manipulated her, even at one point telling her he requested off work because he “wanted to get her pregnant.”

Local therapist Laura Streyffeler says this can be common, but there are warning signs,

“It’s almost more like a courting process. Making compliments, paying a lot of attention, the boundaries are really inappropriate. The first thing you need to do as a parent is pay attention. You want to say, is everything okay, how are things going at school. I am noticing this is a little different, that is a little different,” said Streyffeler.

At this time, Dingerson is not facing any criminal charges. WINK News tried contacting Dingerson for comment, but his number has been disconnected.

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