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New Hanover assistant principal commits suicide after he was accused of having a sexual relationship with a student, police say

New Hanover assistant principal commits suicide after he was accused of having a sexual relationship with a student, police say

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WILMINGTON — Police have confirmed the former New Hanover County assistant principal accused of having a relationship with his student died after he shot himself.

Jessica Williams, the public affairs officer for the Wilmington Police Department, said David Bostian’s death has been ruled a suicide by gun.

Bostian was found dead Friday morning at his Wilmington home after allegations were made against him about having an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old student in 1992.

New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jerry Brewer said the former student filed the complaint on Thursday. Bostian willingly came in to be interviewed by law enforcement and was arrested at 1 a.m. Friday.

Brewer said the warrants for two charges of sexual offense by a government employee had already been drafted and were served following the interview.

As far as Brewer knows, this is the first time someone came forward to accuse Bostian of any inappropriate actions toward a student. The StarNews has reached out to New Hanover County Schools about whether someone ever made allegations against Bostian within the school system.

Bostian was a physical education teacher with New Hanover County Schools from 1985 to 1997. Following a 10-year gap, he was then hired in 2007 as a physical education teacher at Gregory Elementary School and was hired as the assistant principal at Noble Middle School in 2010. He resigned from his position on Friday.

“We take every complaint seriously,” Brewer said of sexual assault allegations. “You don’t have the option of not taking it seriously.”

In cases like this, particularly in those decades-old, Brewer said it comes down to evidence, willingness of victims and witnesses to talk, and being able to prove the allegations being made against someone.

The case against Bostian had compelling evidence, though Brewer was unable to divulge specifics of the case.

There is no statute of limitations in North Carolina when it comes to sexual assault claims, meaning someone can be prosecuted for a sexual assault crime decades after the crime happened if law enforcement and the district attorney’s office believe there’s enough evidence to convict.

Brewer said to his knowledge no one else has come forward since the case went public accusing Bostian of any further sexual offense during his time with New Hanover County Schools.


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