Sex assault suspect held 
in GarCo jail

A man accused of repeatedly molesting an 8-year-old girl during music lessons in his Palisade home was arrested early Saturday morning in Garfield County after the FBI released his photograph and details about the case as part of a nationwide dragnet.

James David Tiner, 59, was apprehended by the New Castle Police Department, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI around 1:30 a.m. He is being held without bond in the Garfield County Detention Facility pending his first court appearance, which hasn’t been set, FBI spokesman Dave Joly said.

The FBI on Thursday asked for the public’s help in finding Tiner after leads on his whereabouts dried up.

New Castle police late Friday received tips from citizens in Garfield County who had seen media reports about Tiner. Those citizens provided information about Tiner’s possible location, and he and his vehicle were identified. He was arrested after a short pursuit, the FBI said.

Joly declined to answer questions Saturday about where citizens spotted Tiner, where the pursuit took place and where Tiner was taken into custody.

A state warrant was issued for Tiner’s arrest in April, charging him with sexual assault on a child, sexual assault on a child in a pattern of abuse and sexual assault by one in a position of trust. Authorities allege he sexually assaulted an 8-year-old girl at least four times 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.

He was last seen in Palisade on April 23.


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