Man, 59, who sexually exploited 12-year-old girl he was babysitting told her 'this is what grandpas do'
59-year-old David Parker was booked in Indian River County jail with a $200,000 bond on two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation by an adult of a victim under 12 years old
A 12-year-old girl from Indian River County has accused a man she called "Grandpa" of sexually exploiting her several times when he was babysitting her.
59-year-old David Parker admitted to the girl's accusations, according to an arrest affidavit. He was subsequently booked in Indian River County jail with a $200,000 bond on two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation by an adult of a victim under 12 years old, the Miami Herald reports.
While on Parker's arrest affidavit, his occupation is listed as "engineer", the elementary school-age girl called him "Grandpa" endearingly. Speaking to Indian River County Sheriff’s Office investigators, she said he “has done weird things to her body and made her do weird things to his body.”
Parker confessed to two incidents in the Indian River County before he was charged. On December 19, detectives had already interviewed the victim before Parker called them the next day and volunteered to come in on December 21. He waived his right to remain silent once at the police station.
Parker was babysitting the girl and her siblings over summer when the first of the two incidents took place, the affidavit states. According to the document, Parker exploited the girl several times and often had her put her hand on his penis under his pants and squeeze it. The 59-year-old made her do the same thing as he drove her around the city one day, according to what the girl and Parker told investigative officers.
“Throughout the entire interview, Parker stated multiple times that he knew every act he committed with [the girl] was wrong and that he felt guilty for his actions,” the affidavit’s narrative read.
“It appeared that he was blaming [the girl] for his action, saying he was doing it and continuing to do it to keep her happy because ‘that is what grandpas do.’ Then Parker would say the girl was not to blame for anything and he is responsible for his actions.”