State rests in the trial of David Van Houten

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

The state has rested its case in the trial of a Midland teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

The defense began their presentation Thursday in the David Van Houten trial.

Van Houten has pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault of a child and two counts of improper relationship between an educator and student.

He was arrested in November, after allegations about him and a female student were brought to the attention of the school board at Midland Academy Charter School.

The board later voted to dismiss Van Houten.

The trial began Monday in Judge Robin Darr's courtroom.