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Registered offender arrested on multiple charges of child sex abuse

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018

 (Courtesy of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Department)
(Courtesy of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Department)

A registered sex offender was arrested Wednesday for the alleged sexual abuse of at least two young children, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Dean Zumwalt, 38, faces charges of child rape, child molestation, sexual exploitation of a minor and indecent liberties, accusations the Sheriff’s Office said stem from hosting a series of sleepovers.

Detectives said Zumwalt lowers the guard of unsuspecting parents by saying his nieces are having a sleepover at his rural home between Medical Lake and Edwall, a ruse to invite more girls.

In December, detectives investigated a report of a 7-year-old girl being sexually assaulted by Zumwalt, who sometimes goes by “DJ.”

During that investigation, the Sheriff’s Office said, an 8-year-old girl also said Zumwalt sexually abused her.

Both victims told detectives the abuse occurred at Zumwalt’s home, located on the 15200 block of South Carstens Road, over the course of several months.

Detectives are attempting to identify two more potential victims, the Sheriff’s Office said. During their investigation, detectives said they learned that Zumwalt is also suspected of a similar crime in Lincoln County and possibly Pend Oreille County.

In 2011, Zumwalt was convicted of third-degree rape of a 16-year-old girl who became pregnant, according to the Odessa Record. He was sentenced to a year in jail.

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