Man says ‘that is what grandpas do’ after molesting girl

Man turns himself in following allegations in Vero Beach, Florida.
Man turns himself in following allegations in Vero Beach, Florida.

VERO BEACH – A girl has accused a man she called “Grandpa” of molesting her multiple times, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

“Grandpa” was identified as 59-year-old David Parker. When investigators questioned him, he never denied the girl’s accusations and confessed.

Parker was charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation by an adult of a victim under 12 years old. He is still being held at the Indian River County Jail on $200,000 bond.

According to the affidavit, the girl told investigators that when Parker visited her family, he did “weird things to her body and made her do weird things to his body.”

The first of the two incidents happened over the summer while Parker was babysitting the girl and her siblings. He asked the girl to touch his private parts.

“The girl said he had her do this several times,” the investigator said.

The victim also told investigators that Parker made her do the same thing to him while he drove her around one day.

When investigators called Parker to question him.

“Parker said he wanted to know what the next steps were and that he wanted to come speak with us to make this as easy as possible. He agreed to come in for an interview,” investigators said.

The following day, he called investigators to turn himself in.

“He said he was in Vero Beach and he was ready to come in. He said he did not plan on disputing anything,” the affidavit said.

Throughout the interview, Parker stated multiple times that he knew every act he committed with the girl was wrong, and he felt guilty.

At one point during the interview, Parker appeared to be blaming the girl for his actions, saying he was doing it to “keep her happy” because “that is what grandpas do,” according to the report.

Parker, who listed his occupation as a musician, is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, February 15, 2019.

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Scott Lee is a columnist and reporter for Sebastian Daily. Scott moved to Indian River County in 2015 and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Currently, he writes part-time and manages a featured column about local businesses in Sebastian and Vero Beach.