RGV Sports Hall of Fame coach Littleton sent inappropriate texts to three women, was reprimanded by the district days before his retirement
MCALLEN, Texas (ValleyCentral) – A week before his retirement, former McAllen Memorial High School football head coach and athletic coordinator Bill Littleton was reprimanded for sending inappropriate texts to a parent, according to documents obtained by Valleycentral.com through the Texas Public Information Act. .
The documents, released this week after Texas Attorney General’s Office ruled McAllen Independent School District couldn’t hold them, contain text messages Littleton sent to two different women, one of whom filed a formal complaint against him on May 26. The district issued Littleton a written reprimand the next day and he retired on June 2.
A third woman, who is an employee of Nexstar Media, Inc., the parent company of Valleycentral.com, also received text messages from Littleton which she described as inappropriate.
Valleycentral.com does not name victims of sexual harassment. We also redacted parts of a text message referring to the woman’s family, although it was not redacted in documents released by the district.
In the complaint, the woman said Littleton’s messages were sexual in nature. She also said she was afraid to come forward because of her position and because she was afraid of what might happen to her children, who were in Memorial High School’s track program.
“After a lot of praying, thinking and for the safety of the coaches and children at Memorial High School, I made the decision to come forward,” the statement read, “and hand over all text messages and respond to all the questions.”
Text conversations examined by Valleycentral.com span several weeks and show a pattern of Littleton behavior, who admits to one of the women after confronting him that he was “just flirting a little” and that it “was okay. a little too far “. “
It is not known how the district came into possession of the text messages sent to the woman who did not file the formal complaint, although Valleycentral.com can confirm that the text messages came from conversations with two different women.
In both exchanges, Littleton often sent innuendo via text message to which the women did not immediately respond. He then made a statement acknowledging their lack of response and asked them if they liked the previous text.
In an exchange, Littleton suggested the woman train her in a sport that “might look more like a wrestling type.” When the woman didn’t respond to a follow-up text, he assumed she didn’t like him.
The woman tried to redirect the conversation to music. The two had discussed the songs they liked.
Littleton suggested that she listen to Charlie Rich’s “Behind Closed Doors”. The woman fondly remembered the song because her father played it and suggested that the song shows Littleton and his wife are in love. Littleton replied that he was not talking about his wife.
During the music conversation, the woman mentioned that she liked Flatland Cavalry’s “Summertime Love”. Littleton asked her twice if she was trying to say something to him, then mentioned “read between the lines” regarding the song title in three separate messages.
He also asked her if her husband had accessed her phone. When she said no, Littleton replied, “Fine and you delete fine (sic).” The woman told him that she had not deleted the text messages.
Other exchanges were not so subtle. In one, Littleton suggested that the woman enjoyed “riding a cowboy to save a horse”. The woman wasn’t sure what he meant, so Littleton dropped the innuendo and replied, “You mean you like to be on top.” When the woman didn’t respond right away, Littleton responded again, assuming she didn’t like the message.
In a message before this exchange, Littleton told the woman, “I want you to stimulate me with your boots on lol.” It is not clear from the screenshots provided by the district what prompted him to say this.
The text messages sent to the woman employed by Nexstar Media, Inc. did not reach the level of the two women included in the McAllen ISD documents. But the texts were late at night and seemingly unrelated to the working relationship between the two.
Littleton told her that she was his favorite, and her lyrics often included wink and heart emojis. He also commented on a dress she was wearing and once asked her if she could keep a secret.
The woman did not respond and ignored any text messages from her that were not related to work after that.
In response to a request for comment, McAllen ISD released the following statement:
“McAllen ISD prides itself on being a high performing organization. Our neighborhood is held to very high standards. Personnel matters are confidential.
The district also said it provides training on sexual harassment every year and that it is mandatory for all employees.
Littleton’s retirement ended a 45-year career in teaching, including 22 years as a coach. In 18 years at Memorial, he led the Mustangs to 10 district championships and reached the playoffs 14 times.
He was part of the 2020 RGV Sports Hall of Fame class. Due to COVID-19, the ceremony has been postponed until June 19 of this year.
His retirement sparked a wave of praise and congratulations from one of the most successful coaches in RGV history, including the principal of Memorial High School, who said the school “will always be grateful.”
But for the woman who filed the complaint, Littleton’s legendary status is shattered.
“I hate the idea of not having Bill Littleton in our school,” she wrote, “but THIS Bill Littleton is not the one we all know.”