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Wilmington assistant principal found dead after allegations of inappropriate student relationship

Wilmington assistant principal found dead after allegations of inappropriate student relationship

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WILMINGTON — An assistant principal at Noble Middle School was found dead Friday morning after allegations that he had an inappropriate relationship with a student.

Officers with the Wilmington Police Department responded to a 911 call shortly after 9 a.m. to 3304 Tipton Court. There they found the body of David Eugene Bostian, 59, according to Jessica Williams, the department’s public affairs officer. Bostian was arrested earlier on Friday by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

The cause of death has not been released.

A former student reported earlier this week that she had an ongoing relationship with Bostian in 1992 while she was a student at New Hanover High School and he was a teacher at the school, according to Lt. Jerry Brewer, the public information officer for the sheriff’s office. The student was 16 at the time.

Bostian was facing two charges of sexual offense by a government employee, Brewer said. He was given a $150,000 unsecured bond.

Bostian was hired by New Hanover County Schools in 1985, according to Caress Clegg, a community relations coordinator with the district. He served as an assistant principal at Noble Middle School until resigning Friday morning.

New Hanover County Board of Education Chairwoman Stefanie Adams said the board is “trying to gather all information, and work with those impacted.”

This isn’t the first time a district employee has faced allegations of having an inappropriate relationship with students.

Last year, the school board fired Roland-Grise Middle School band director Peter Frank after he was arrested and charged with 12 felony sex crimes. Six of the charges were for indecent liberties with a child and six were for indecent liberties with a student by a teacher.

In 2019, Michael Earl Kelly, a teacher at Isaac Bear Early College High School, pleaded guilty to 59 charges of child sexual abuse. Many of his 20 victims were students he taught at various schools in New Hanover County.

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