UH Manoa professor charged with sexual assault
By Mark Brislin
David Stegenga, a 63-year-old University of Hawaii at Manoa math professor who has
been teaching at UH since 1980, was charged today with seven counts of first-degree sexual
assault and five counts of third-degree sexual assault to a now 17-year-old girl.
The alleged sex assaults took place between 1999 and 2005, according to police records.
Stegenga’s bail has been set at $500,000.
“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,” said Reed
Dasenbrock, UHM Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in a statement. “We are cooperating
fully with the HPD investigation.”
This semester Stegenga was one of two professors teaching Math 100. Stegenga was also
teaching a Math 302 class.
“Professor Stegenga’s classes are being covered by other teaching staff, and the
education of his students will continue uninterrupted,” said Dasenbrock in the statement.
Stegenga was arrested yesterday around 10:30 a.m. at UH, according to police records.
Originally he was arrested for investigation of five counts of first-degree sexual assault and five
counts of third-degree sexual, but the first-degree sex assault charges were raised to seven,
according to Michelle Yu, HPD spokesperson.
Wayne Smith, chair of the math department, said he is unable to comment because it is a
Stegenga is a volunteer at the Honolulu Zoo, according to his Web site. He was awarded
the 2009 Faculty Excellence in Teaching award.