Darrick Dixon and Jim Webb named as Defendants in case filed by local journalist

Darrick Dixon (left) and Jim Webb (right) are named as Defendants

in a civil lawsuit filed by local journalist



Recently, a “A Writ of Summons” was served upon local publisher Jim Webb as well as his business associate Darrick Dixon.

A Writ of Summons is a legal document that notifies a person that a lawsuit has been initiated against them.

It is an alternative form of original process in Pennsylvania that allows a plaintiff to start a lawsuit without filing a complaint. A person who receives a Writ of Summons must appear in court or respond to the plaintiff within a specified time period.

Dixon is the former Williamsport High School girls basketball coach who was previously convicted in Lycoming County Common Pleas Court of having a sexual relationship with one of his then 14 year old players. He served 20 months in jail and was not required to be put on the Megan’s law sex offender registry. The case was adjudicated by current Lycoming County Common Pleas Court President Judge Nancy Butts.

According to the Pocono Record at the time the case was going on in 2002;

“The victim, now 15, testified at Wednesday’s preliminary hearing that she and a friend met Dixon on a secluded road. Dixon first searched the girls for wiretaps, then paid the second girl $20 to leave so that he and the victim could be alone, she said. The girl said they had consensual sex.

The other teen then testified that she and Dixon exchanged Internet messages in which Dixon urged her to lie about the meeting. Dixon allegedly paid the girl again, leaving $40 in a secluded spot. The girl took pictures of Dixon leaving the money and turned the cash over to school officials, who notified the police.”

Webb is the publisher of Webb Weekly.

The current lawsuit centers around the pattern of behavior involving a “synthetic online profile” used to threaten, harass and intimidate the local journalist, his wife and children.

One such threat from the synthetic online profile, “if he dies, you die.”

The “he” referenced is Dixon, and the “you” referenced is the local journalist.

A more formal complaint will be filed in the near future providing additional details of the alleged behaviors engaged in by the Defendants.

This is a developing story on TalkWilliamsport.com.