UH math professor charged with sexually assaulting child

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A University of Hawaii professor accused of sexually assaulting a child is set to appear before an Oahu judge Monday.

Police on Friday charged David Stegenga, 63, with seven counts of first-degree sex assault and five counts of third-degree sex assault.

A 17-year-old girl told investigators she was sexually assaulted by the UH Manoa math professor from 1999 to 2005, beginning when she was seven years old. Court documents say the alleged victim is a family friend.

"We are concerned about the allegations leading to yesterday's arrest of Professor David A. Stegenga, as the safety of our students, faculty and staff is of the highest priority," Reed Dasenbrock, UH Manoa Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, said.

"Professor Stegenga's classes are being covered by other teaching staff, and the education of his students will continue uninterrupted," Dasenbrock continued.

The suspect's bail is set at $500,000.