Palisade sex-assault fugitive captured in Garfield County

A Palisade man wanted by the FBI for fleeing from child sexual-assault charges was captured in Garfield County early this morning, authorities announced this afternoon.

James David Tiner, 59, was apprehended largely due to tips from citizens who had seen media publicity about the case earlier this week, the FBI said.

New Castle police late Friday received tips from citizens regarding Tiner’s possible location. Tiner and his vehicle were identified and, after a short pursuit, New Castle police, Garfield County sheriff’s deputies and the FBI apprehended Tiner at 1:30 this morning, the FBI said. Tiner is being held without bond in Garfield County Jail.

A state warrant was issued for Tiner’s arrest in connection with allegations that he repeatedly molested an 8-year-old girl in 2009 and 2010 after advertising himself in the newspaper as a music teacher for hire. A search of Tiner’s home allegedly turned up multiple videos and photos of the girl while she was naked and performing sexual acts with Tiner. Additional photos of unknown pre-pubescent, nude females also were found in Tiner’s home, the FBI said.

A federal warrant alleging unlawful flight from prosecution issued in June. Authorities believed Tiner may have been hiding in the Ozark Mountain region of Arkansas.

Read the full story in Sunday’s Daily Sentinel.



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