Molester faces 15 years-to-life

A former Palisade music instructor faces prison after pleading guilty to charges he molested a young girl.

James David Tiner, 59, faces a sentence of 15 years to life in prison after pleading guilty Friday to sexual assault on a child as a pattern of abuse and a separate count of sexual assault on a child.

“I don’t want people to have to go through this trial,” Tiner said when asked why he was pleading guilty.

He will be sentenced June 14 by District Judge Richard Gurley.

A fugitive wanted by the FBI, Tiner was arrested Dec. 22 in Garfield County thanks to citizen tips on his whereabouts. The Palisade Police Department obtained a warrant for Tiner after claims arose he repeatedly molested an 8-year-old girl in 2009 and 2010 after advertising himself in the newspaper as a private 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, authorities said.

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

Gurley on Friday ordered Tiner be held in the Mesa County Jail without bond pending sentencing.


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