Symphony violinist admits to sexually assaulting daughter’s friends
One of Colorado’s most highly-trained musicians was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting his daughter’s 13-year-old friend. It happened when his daughter and her friend had a sleepover.
David Waldman, 42, is a violinist for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra who dedicated much of his professional career to teaching children about music.
He’s now serving 10 years to life on probation as a sex offender.
He admitted to assaulting two girls in two separate incidents.
It was news about the Penn State University scandal that brought one of the victims forward.
Waldman played for the Symphony and often brought music to kids through several other organizations sinc 1998.
He admitted to assaulting a 12 and 13-year-old in separate incidents at his home in Aurora in 2010 and 2011.
The victims were at the house during sleepovers with his daughter.
“We do have concerns that there might be additional victims out there just because of access he had to other kids and the fact that he has acted obviously more than once,” says Arapahoe County deputy district attorney Gary Dawson.
Staff members at the Colorado Symphony were stunned by news of Waldman’s arrest.
“The response from the organization today is one of grieving for the families that are involved in this incident and working in a swift manner to bring closure,” says CSO CEO Gene Sobczak.
CSO officials would not discuss Waldman’s status with the organization, saying it’s a personnel issue.
The deputy DA says each girl who was assaulted immediately told their parents. One of the parents hesitated to call police until hearing about the Jerry Sandusky case at Penn State.
“Because one of the families saw the information about the Penn State situation, they felt the courage to come forward,” Dawson says.
He says Waldman cooperated with investigators, sparing the girls from having to testify at a trial. Dawson also says Waldman wanted to take responsibility for his actions.
Waldman is now a registered sex offender. He will have to undergo 10 years of intensive supervision as a sex offender, then be reviewed every three years after that for life.
Aurora police believe there is a possibility there are more victims. Anyone with information can call Aurora detectives.
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