Burnet Middle School principal arrested for solicitation of a minor

More information and details are being released about what led to the arrest of AISD Burnet Middle School principal David Dean for online solicitation of a minor.

Court documents show that Dean was exchanging text messages with an 11-year-old relative and that the relative's mother felt the messages were inappropriate.

The texting began, according to the documents, because the 11-year-old was allowed to text Dean to invite him to a "gender revealing" party for the 11-year-old's mother, who is pregnant.

Documents state that the texting continued for a short period after that initial text and the 11-year-old eventually became alarmed at what was being said in them. The 11-year-old alerted her mother who told Dean not to attend the party and who also later alerted authorities.

This story continues to develop and it will be updated as more information becomes available.

According to the Austin ISD Police Department, Burnet Middle School principal David Dean has been arrested and charged with online solicitation of a minor.

Dean's bond was set at $70,000. 

Officials said they have no reason to believe any AISD students are involved.

Burnet Middle School officials plan on hosting a meeting Tuesday night to discuss campus leadership. The meeting will be held in the school cafeteria at 6:00 P.M.

AISD Superintendent Paul Cruz sent the following letter to parents:

Dear Burnet Middle School Families,

The safety of all students at Burnet Middle School is our top priority. With that in mind, I am writing to let you know about a situation that has affected our campus.

The Austin ISD Police Department was notified by the Texas Attorney General's Office and the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office this morning that Principal David Dean had been arrested on a charge of online solicitation of a minor, a second-degree felony. 

Mr. Dean has been placed on administrative leave without pay, effective immediately.

Because this is an ongoing Montgomery County police investigation, we cannot provide further details at this time. We do not have reason to believe that any AISD students are involved.

Families are invited to join us for a meeting at 6 P.M. on Tuesday, May 17, in the Burnet Middle School cafeteria. The meeting will include information on the plan for campus leadership.

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

This situation is upsetting to all of us, but know that we will work through it together. Extra counselors and staff will be available on campus this week to support both faculty and students.

Please do not hesitate to contact our Austin ISD Police Department at 512-414-1703 if you have any questions.


Paul Cruz

This is a developing story and we will have more information as it becomes available.

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