Austin high school teacher arrested, charged with sexual assault of student

David Hoelewyn, 27, is charged with child sexual assault and improper relationship between educator and student, both second-degree felonies.

AUSTIN, Texas – An East Austin high school teacher has been arrested after allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

According to an affidavit, Texans Can Academy teacher David Hoelewyn, 27, is charged with sexual assault of a child and improper relationship between educator and student, both second-degree felonies.

The 16-year-old female victim told school principal Hoelewyn that he began messaging her in January 2023 via text and Snapchat before the relationship turned physical. She said she gave Hoelewyn her phone number to add to a group chat for a school club and he began texting her directly shortly thereafter. The lyrics became increasingly sexual, the affidavit said.

The victim said Hoelweyn sent her numerous images each day, including inappropriate photos of himself. On more than one occasion, Hoelewyn inappropriately touched the student, according to the affidavit.

In her statement to the school’s principal, Hoelewyn said: “My hope was that he would remain professional… before I could interrupt, we had already shared photos of each other.”

Law enforcement said they recovered more than 300 Snapchat messages between Hoelewyn and the victim, which were “largely sexual in nature, some of which reference David giving the victim ‘extra credit’ for his work.” school for sexual favors and others that allude to David and the victim coordinating a time and place where they can have sex with each other.

The affidavit said there were also messages that referenced the victim’s age and were not legal.

The Texans Cans Academy provided the following statement after the arrest:

“Upon being notified of the matter, Texans Can Academies immediately placed the teacher on administrative leave and notified law enforcement, Child Protective Services and the Texas Education Agency. The teacher’s employment was terminated following an internal investigation. Any further questions should be directed to the Austin Police Department.

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