A Maui High School faculty member was arrested Thursday for allegedly exchanging explicit text messages with a high school student for more than a year.
David Bui, 39, was arrested on charges of attempted sexual assault. He has been placed on indefinite leave from Maui High pending a Department of Education investigation.
The female student with whom the texts were exchanged is enrolled at Baldwin High School, also on the island of Maui. The situation came to light after a Baldwin High administrator filed a police report saying that one of the school's students had been receiving "unwanted" messages from Bui. Soon after, the student's parents filed a report accusing Bui of harassment.
"There's a lot of things I want to say in response to these allegations," Bui told Maui News on Thursday, "but I've been advised not to comment."
Bui, who taught ninth-grade English, has been a teacher at Maui High School since 2004, according to Maui Now. He was also head football coach at the school until this past Tuesday when he resigned. He described his resignation as "a family decision," saying he hoped to coach his son's Little League team instead.
"I saw how happy my little one was to have me as his coach," he told Maui Now, "and we’re kind of doing well right now. I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity and thought this was the right time.”
Bui has been released pending further investigation.