DALLAS -- The Dallas School District has placed one of its top internal investigators on paid leave.
Jeremy Liebbe was recently hired to lead the district’s newly created Professional Standards Office. That office conducted the internal investigation that led to last month’s high-profile firing of 15 DISD coaches and administrators over allegations of improper recruiting of high school basketball players and falsification of eligibility documents.
Those allegations first came to light in a News 8 investigation into the death of Wilmer Hutchins basketball star Troy Causey. Causey was beaten to death after an argument in March. His roommate Johnathan Turner, a basketball star for Dallas Madison High School, has been charged with manslaughter in the death. Turner has not been convicted and is free on bond while awaiting trial.
DISD's internal investigation, led by Liebbe, showed that coaches falsified eligibility paperwork and lied about where players lived. If the district had been following state eligibility rules, Turner and Causey would not have been allowed to live together.
A DISD spokesman would not say Friday why Liebbe was on leave, but said it “is not related to the termination of employees as the result of an investigation into the athletics program.”
Liebbe’s attorney Pete Schulte released this statement:
“My client, Jeremy Liebbe, a top official with DISD who oversees administrative investigations, was notified yesterday that there is a pending administrative inquiry involving him and he was placed on administrative leave. The only information we are aware at the moment is that the inquiry is not criminal in nature. Regardless of the accusations, my client looks forward to a resolution and returning to work as he knows he has done nothing wrong.”
Before he was hired to head the district’s Professional Standards Office, which is part of DISD’s Human Resources Department, he was a district police officer and detective.
He is credited with being the first to identify the “cheese” heroin epidemic in 2006 that took the lives of several DISD students.