SPOKANE, Wash.— Law enforcement is investigating a 38-year-old Spokane County man after a seven-year-old girl told her mom he put his “private parts” on her.
Court documents said Dean Zumwalt sexually molested the seven-year-old while she and her eight-year-old friend stayed the night at his house.
Reports said Zumwalt would force minors to perform sexual acts with him and each other.
The seven-year-old told a detective that Zumwalt would put chocolate on her breast area and lick it off her. She said he told her if she had sex with him her boobs would get bigger.
The seven-year-old also told the detective Zumwalt would use a “white thing” or “clear thing” on his privates before he would put it into the girls’ privates.
The detective investigating the case said they learned that Zumwalt was a registered sex offender.
Reports said Zumwalt was arrested in early January for committing sex crimes against children.
Court documents said when detectives searched Zumwalt’s home they discovered artwork that appeared to be made by children, a cup with one of the victim’s names written on it, and children’s toys.
Detectives said both victims said they were sexually abused while they attended sleepovers at Zumwalt’s home on South Carstens Road over the past several months. During these times, officials said there were additional young girls who attended the sleepovers. The girls have been identified but have not been interviewed by detectives. They are also attempting to identify two more potential victims known only as “Bree” and “Shaylin.”
Zumwalt is already a level one registered sex offender stemming from a third-degree rape conviction in 2010.
Detectives said previously they believe it is possible there are more victims in this case. During these times, officials said there were additional young girls who attended the sleepovers. The girls have been identified but have not been interviewed by detectives. They are also attempting to identify two more potential victims known only as “Bree” and “Shaylin.”
Investigators said they also learned Zumwalt is suspected of a similar criminal act in Pend Oreille County and possibly in Lincoln County as well.
Officials previously said Zumwalt appeared to use the story of inviting girls to attend sleepovers with other young victims he sometimes refers to as his nieces as a ruse to lower the guard of unsuspecting parents.
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