UTSA spokesman David Gabler arrested on child sex charges

Gabler charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child


47-year-old David Lee Gabler, a UTSA associate vice president of university communications, was arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child, according to Bexar County Magistrate records.

Gabler, a 17-year employee at UTSA, was the face of the university, doing most of its media interviews.

According to a release from the Alamo Heights Police Department, an officer was patrolling the area around the 500 block of Argo Ave. when he noticed movement in a vehicle parked on the side of the road.

In the vehicle, officers found Gabler with a 15-year-old boy, police said.

Police said the boy told them he and Gabler were engaged in sexual activity.

The two apparently met in an online chat room. Because of that, the Secret Service, which has a Electronic Crimes Task Force, is investigating.

According to a statement from UTSA, Gabler was arrested Friday morning.

"Mr. Gabler has been placed on administrative leave by the university while this situation is further investigated and more can be learned," Christi Fish, a UTSA spokeswoman said in a statement. "Our hearts go out to all those involved. Due to the sensitive nature of this situation, UTSA cannot comment further at this time."

Gabler posted $75,000 bond and was released from jail around 10:30 p.m. Friday.