Music teacher gets 15 years for child sex assault
A former Palisade music instructor was sentenced Friday to 15-years-to-life in prison for sexually assaulting a young girl.
James David Tiner, 59, will serve at least 15 years of his sentence before he’s eligible for a parole hearing under the sentence imposed Friday by District Judge Richard Gurley.
The sentence was consistent with a plea agreement with the District Attorney’s Office. Tiner had previously pleaded guilty to sexual assault on a child as a pattern of abuse, and a separate count of sexual assault on a child.
A fugitive wanted by the FBI, Tiner was arrested Dec. 22 in Garfield County based on an anonymous tip.
The Palisade Police Department obtained a warrant for Tiner’s arrest after an 8-year-old girl reported Tiner had repeatedly molested her from 2009 to 2010.
Tiner was the girl’s private music teacher.
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.
A federal warrant alleging unlawful flight from prosecution was issued in June.
Authorities at the time believed Tiner was hiding in the Ozark Mountains region of Arkansas.