David Anthony Balsinger

David Anthony Balsinger

The teacher arrested at a Harker Heights school last Thursday remained in custody Tuesday at the Burnet County Jail.

David Anthony Balsinger, 46, a teacher and coach at Union Grove Middle School, was initially booked into the Harker Heights City Jail, according to Stephen Miller, spokesman for the Harker Heights Police Department.

Balsinger was later transported to an area hospital, after he complained of a health issue. He was arraigned on a charge of soliciting a minor online by Bell County Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke after being released from the hospital.

The charge is a third-degree felony punishable from two to 10 years in prison.

His bond was set at $50,000.

“He hasn’t bailed out on our charge,” Hamilton County Sheriff Justin Caraway said on Tuesday.

As for being housed in the Burnet County Jail, Caraway explained that all Hamilton County inmates are held in other facilities as part of a subcontract agreement. “It’s cheaper,” Caraway said.

As part of an ongoing operation within their department, Caraway said Balsinger used the mobile messaging application KIK to entice whom he thought was an underage girl to send sexually explicit photos and videos of herself.

Last Wednesday, a warrant was obtained to search Balsinger’s electronic devices, and Hamilton County Sheriff’s investigators traveled to Union Grove Middle School.

Balsinger admitted he was in contact with a girl he believed to be 15 years of age and had asked her to send nude photos, according to the case file. He confirmed he knew it was wrong to solicit nude photographs from a child and agreed he committed a crime by doing so, according to the sheriff’s department.

The Killeen Independent School District placed Balsinger on administrative leave and barred him from access to KISD schools on Thursday after learning of the investigation. The case does not involve a KISD student, according to the district.

Balsinger has taught and coached at Union Grove since 2007. He started work for KISD as a substitute teacher in 1990, became a teacher’s aide in 1991, served again as a substitute teacher from 1992-1996, and then began his full-time teaching career in 1997 at Clear Creek Elementary, where he worked for six years. He taught at Mountain View Elementary for four years beginning in 2003 before joining Union Grove Middle in 2007.

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