Principal’s daughter faces 4 charges

Special prosecutors appointed to file final charges related to a party July 12 at the home of Marion High School principal Tod Gordon filed four charges against Gordon’s daughter.

Whitney Dawn Gordon, a 2012 MHS graduate who now is a scholarship basketball player at the University of Wyoming, has been charged with:

  • unlawfully hosting minors consuming alcoholic liquor or cereal malt beverages.
  • furnishing alcohol to a minor.
  • interference with law enforcement — obstruction of official duty.
  • contributing to a child’s misconduct or deprivation.

Dylan Matthew Jirak, a May graduate of Hillsboro High School, was charged by a special prosecutor with interference with law enforcement — obstruction of official duty in addition to underage drinking.

Dylan Jon Delk, a defensive end on the Tabor College football team, was charged with possession of a hallucinogenic drug (marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia (a glass pipe).

Neither Delk nor Whitney Gordon was charged with underage drinking. Gordon’s parents were vacationing out of state at the time of the party.

Originally, Sheriff Rob Craft said eight adults and two juveniles had been cited after the party. Earlier this week, County Attorney Susan Robson and two special prosecutors prepared charges against nine other adults and three juveniles.

Those charged earlier with possession or consumption of alcoholic beverage by a minor were:

  • From Marion: Raelene Allen, Spencer Fugitt, Erin Meierhoff, Adam Palic, and Victoria Steiner.
  • From Hillsboro: Benjamin Gardner and Brandon Rooker.
  • From Tampa: Rustyn Kerbs, a sophomore running back on the Tabor football team.
  • From Herington: Brian Burhoop.

Cottonwood Falls attorney Seth Meyer is handling the case involving Jirak and a juvenile. McPherson and Marion attorney Brian Bina is handling the case involving Whitney Gordon.

Craft has emphasized that her parents, Tod and Alice Gordon, had no involvement in the party.

Three deputies were called to the Gordon home at Marion County Park and Lake late July 19 and found 27 people at a party that Whitney Gordon initially described as a sleep-over with friends that grew out of hand.

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