Law enforcement in Harker Heights, Texas says they've nabbed a vicious pedophile who worked inside of the Union Grove Middle School around hundreds of children.
46-year old David Anthony Balsinger was arrested on Thursday at his private residence after he was caught involved in an online child sex operation, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff Justin Caraway.
Balsinger was a teacher at Union Grove, and also the seventh-grade football and basketball coach. To top it off, he also coached seventh and eighth-grade soccer.
The Killeen Independent School District released a public statement after their employee was taken into custody saying:
<blockquote>“The Killeen Independent School District requires teachers and all employees to maintain the highest standards of conduct and will never tolerate illegal or inappropriate behavior by an employee toward any child. We are saddened and outraged by this alleged conduct by one of our teachers.”</blockquote>
Investigators say that Balsinger was charged after several series of messages were sent via the KIK messenger application to who he thought was a 15-year-old girl, but was actually an undercover Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputy.
The court documents say that Balsinger used the app to "entice children to send sexually explicit photos and or videos of themselves."
The official documents also said, “Balsinger told the girl he had a football game that evening" and that later that evening before he was set to coach a game that he asked the girl to send him a picture of her genitalia.
Police say that Balsinger was in contact with who he thought was the young child for a total of sixteen hours that day sending messages back and forth.
Detectives interviews Balsinger on Wednesday at Union Grove Middle School where he admitted to sending the messages and asking the child to send nude photographs, also stating that he indeed knew what he was doing was in fact wrong.
"Balsinger agreed he committed a crime by soliciting nude photographs of the child and communicating with the child in a sexually explicit manner,” according to the warrant signed by Hamilton County Justice of the Peace James Lively.
What's worse is Balsinger has spent a long history working in schools around children, so there may be additional victims that simply haven't come forward.
His career began back in1990 as a substitute teacher, where he later served as a teacher’s aide in 1991, then worked again as a substitute from 1992 to 1996, and finally started his full-time career as a teacher in 1997 at Clear Creek Elementary School where he worked until 2003.
From the years 2003 to 2007 he taught at Mountainview Elementary School as a full-time teacher before taking the post where he's remained since at Union Grove Middle School.
Balsinger is now being detained in the Hamilton County Jail on a $50,000 bond.
Deputies from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office are asking for any other potential victims or persons who may have information on other crimes that could have been committed by the pedophile to please contact them at (254) 386-8128.
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