Former Bryan teacher sentenced to consecutive life sentences
By CRAIG KAPITAN
Eagle Staff Writer
A former Bryan teacher described as the most prolific child predator seen at the Brazos County Courthouse in years was ordered by a judge Tuesday to serve two consecutive life sentences.
David Allen Vandyne, who held jobs as a special education teacher at Jane Long Middle School and a Spanish teacher at Brazos Christian, told Bryan police in 2003 that he had molested about 20 boys. He was feeling urges again, he said, and the only way to stop them was incarceration or suicide.
Of the victims identified by authorities, none were from Brazos County.
As a result of Vandyne’s confession in Bryan, he was sentenced to 16 years in prison for a plea agreement regarding four cases out of Junction, where he previously worked as a special education teacher and karate instructor. He has been in prison since then.
The life sentences Tuesday were the result of a 2002 incident in which he brought a 10-year-old Austin boy to Bryan, drugged his orange juice and raped him in his sleep, according to court documents.
The boy, now 15, joined three others who took the witness stand Tuesday for the punishment hearing.
Vandyne pleaded guilty Monday to one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child and no contest to an identical charge. He asked 272nd District Court Judge Rick Davis to determine his sentence, which could have ranged from five to 99 years or life in prison.
His attorney, Bruce Erratt, asked on Tuesday for mercy - reminding the judge the convictions are the sole result of Vandyne seeking out authorities and confessing.
Prosecutors, however, countered that Vandyne appeared to have the highest offense rate of any child molester convicted in Brazos County in recent memory. Judge Davis agreed, describing the nature of the offenses as “about the most predatory I have ever seen.”
“I think that in coming to police, you hung on to one small shred of humanity, and if you can be commended for anything at all it is for that,” Davis said before announcing his decision.
For more on this story, see Wednesday’s edition of The Eagle.