AISD votes to fire Burnet MS principal accused of soliciting minor

David Dean, principal of Burnet MIddle School, charged with online solicitation of a minor (Courtesy: Austin Police Department)
David Dean, principal of Burnet MIddle School, charged with online solicitation of a minor (Courtesy: Austin Police Department)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin ISD Board voted to fire a middle school principal accused of soliciting an 11-year-old extended family member, Monday evening.

David Dean, Burnet Middle School Principal, was placed on administrative leave after he was charged with the online solicitation of a minor. Dean was charged after police say he sent explicit texts to an 11-year-old relative.

The conversations started between the two on April 15, showing Dean texting the minor “if you’re okay I can come in and lay next to you to give you company!”

As their conversations continued, Dean would say things like “What if I came tonight? Really want to see you.” In an interview with the Children’s Safe Harbor, the minor told officials the texts “became inappropriate.”

Dean has been with the district since 2006. Officials say they don’t believe at any time an AISD student was involved with the charges. After starting as a teach at St. Elmo Elementary, Dean was promoted to principal of Hart Elementary and then Burnet Middle School in March.

In January 2009, he was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. The charge was lowered to obstructing a highway passageway, a Class B misdemeanor, in November 2009.

“Austin ISD takes this situation very seriously, and we are committed to keeping you informed about this case within the limits of the investigation,” said the office of the superintendent.

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