Cops: Man admits sexually assaulting friend’s 4 kids |

Cops: Man admits sexually assaulting friend’s 4 kids

Paul Shockley
Grand Junction Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
David Diesburg

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” Grand Junction man allegedly admitted to sexually assaulting his friend’s four daughters ” all under age 11 ” while the girls were left in the man’s care.

David Diesburg, 22, was booked Monday into the Mesa County Jail on 13 felony counts, including four charges of sexual assault on a child as a pattern of abuse and four counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.

Diesburg was a trusted family friend of a Grand Junction couple who moved to the area from Iowa last October, according to an arrest affidavit.

He didn’t have a job and routinely baby-sat the couple’s five children while the parents worked. The parents suspected wrongdoing after a series of revelations by the girls in late December and last week.

The affidavit said that, on Dec. 26, one of the girls told her mother she’d played a game with “Davey” called “humping tag,” described by the girl as jumping on and rubbing up against another person.

The mother told authorities she didn’t think much of it at the time because she “thought it was a game the older children may have learned at school and brought it home to the younger children,” the affidavit said.

Last Saturday, while visiting family in Iowa, one of the girls described “sexes” and more graphic sexual contact with Diesburg, all of which was detailed on Monday in an interview with a Mesa County Sheriff’s investigator at the Western Slope Center for Children.

Diesburg allegedly admitted having sexual intercourse with one of the girls ” the abuse dated back to when they lived in Iowa and started with him encouraging the girl to inappropriately touch him.

He admitted to similar incidents involving the other three girls when they first moved to Grand Junction.

Deputy District Attorney Jon Levin said Diesburg has no criminal history “that we’re aware of.”

Diesburg was ordered held at the jail on $150,000 bond. He’ll be formally charged next week.

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