The Burnet Middle School principal charged with online solicitation of minor allegedly sent inappropriate text messages to an 11-year-old girl, including asking to sleep in her bed.
As first reported by the Courier of Montgomery County, a Houston-area community newspaper an affidavit says that David Dean, 35, asked the girl if she knew what happens to a man when he sleeps. “Sometimes things happen that shouldn’t. Especially with young girls.”
The girl’s mother, who lives in Conroe, alerted police about the text messages the girl exchanged with Dean on April 15.
The texting started when the girl’s mother, who is pregnant, allowed her daughter, who is part of Dean’s extended family, to use her phone to invite Dean to their home for a party, according to police reports. But the text exchanges allegedly continued.
According to police records, the text messages Dean sent included:
- “I’m in Austin so I’m still far but if you’re okay I can come lay next to you and give you company!”
- “Are you sure cause what’s best for me is to feel you see you. Can I confess something?”
The girl asked Dean if he knew who he was talking to and he replied yes, documents show. At one point, Dean allegedly asked the girl to forget about the conversation, and inquired whether she knew how to delete the messages. When the girl indicated her mom had not read the messages, Dean continued, according to police records:
- If I show up can I sleep in your bed?”
- “Do you know what happens to a man when he sleeps? I will try to not let it but sometimes things happen that shouldn’t. Especially with young girls.”
- “I won’t come tonight. Unless you tell me that you want to learn what a man’s thing looks like.”
Another text was more explicit. The girl became frightened by the text messages and notified her mom, according to the affidavit.
Once the mom got back her phone, she texted Dean and told him not to visit and also called her father-in-law, who confronted Dean about the messages, according to police records. Dean told the man that his “phone was possibly hacked,” the affidavit says.
Multiple Austin district police showed up at Burnet Middle School on Monday and escorted Dean off the campus, then arrested him in another location, according to Austin district Police Chief Eric Mendez.
“We facilitated making that arrangement so he left the campus with us,” Mendez said. “We don’t want to create an anxious situation with the students and want them to continue with their day.”
This is not Dean’s first arrest. According to police records, Dean was charged with driving while intoxicated in 2009, but later received deferred adjudication for obstruction of highway or passageway.
Records related to Dean’s original arrest were not available through Travis County’s online database. The obstruction of highway charge is sometimes offered by prosecutors as a reduced charge as part of a plea bargain in a DWI case. Both charges are classified as Class B misdemeanors but the penalties associated with an obstruction of highway or passageway charge typically are less than those of a DWI charge.
Criminal background checks and fingerprinting are conducted during the application process.
According to district records, Dean wrote earlier this year on his application to become the Burnet principal that he “was arrested for DWI in Travis County” but the charges were dismissed, and said he received deferred ajudication for the obstruction charge.