Closing Arguments For Van Houten Trial Begins Monday

by Jacqueline Sit
NewsWest 9

The jury has been dismissed and closing arguments will begin on Monday, the alleged victim testified after several witnesses and David Van Houten himself took the stand for four hours.  Nearly three dozen people packed Judge Darr's courtroom today as the alleged victim disclosed graphic details of the sexual encounter between she and Van Houten on several occasion.  The 14-year-old also said he kissed her and told her he love her.  David Van Houten, in his own defense also testified for nearly 4 hours earlier today.  While both the state and defense attorney questioned him on his schedule and different school activities he did with his students, the former teacher testified and denied having sexual intercourse with the student or romantically kissing her.  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 he and a female student were brought to attention of the school board at Midland Academy Charter School, where he was later dismissed.  Again, the jury has gone home for today and closing arguments will begin on Monday.  Keep it right here on NewsWest Nine as we continue to follow this trial.