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Ahwatukee teacher suspended for allegedly having sex with a minor

PHOENIX - A teacher working for an Ahwatukee charter school has been suspended after allegations that he was involved with a 15-year-old student were received by detectives.

David DePuydt, 27, who teaches at Horizon Community Learning Center, is facing six felony charges for being allegedly involved in a seven-month relationship with one of his students.

Detectives said they were tipped off by a "third party" to the relationship.

"Fortunately this person was able to come forward and let us know what was going on in our efforts to help this child and to put Mr. DePuydt in jail," said Phoenix police officer James Holmes.

A statement was posted on the school website's blog, stating that DePuydt has been suspended without pay.

HCLC administration was contacted in the evening on August 4, 2013 regarding information about one of our teachers. David DePuydt, a High School Teacher at HCLC, is a suspect in allegations of sex acts with a minor. The victim is also an HCLC High School student. DePuydt is suspended from HCLC without pay pending the investigation.

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