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Deputies: Man admitted to sexually assaulting child in Tallahassee

Posted: 9:57 AM, Jun 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-06 09:58:54-04
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A Tallahassee man is facing several counts of sexual battery after deputies say he admitted to sexually assaulting an 11-year-old child on multiple occasions.

Court documents say Leon County deputies responded to Silver Oak Lane on Wednesday, in regards to a sexual battery case involving an 11-year-old. Deputies spoke with the victim who said she had been sexually battered earlier that morning.

Documents say the suspect was identified as 55-year-old David Ashenfelder.

According to the victim, she was staying with Ashenfelder while she was in town for summer vacation. The victim told investigators that Ashenfelder came into her room and laid in the bed with her. He then took off her clothes and sexually assaulted her.

The victim told deputies that this wasn't the first time Ashenfelder had sexually assaulted her. According to court documents, Ashenfelder sexually assaulted the victim back in 2017 and again a few days before the assault on Wednesday.

The victim stated Ashenfelder told her not to tell anyone about their "sexual behavior" so he would not go to jail.

After speaking with the the victim, deputies transported Ashenfelder for an interview at the Leon County Sheriff's Office. During the interview, Ashenfelder admitted that he had sexually assaulted the victim on multiple occasions though he claimed he never "raped her."

He went on to tell deputies that he sexually battered the victim at a hotel on West Tennessee street in Tallahassee and another time while he was visiting.

After the interview, the victim was given a medical exam. During the exam, investigators found physical evidence consistent with a sexual battery.

According to documents, Ashenfelder was arrested and transported to the Leon County Detention Facility. He is being held without bond on three counts of sexual battery on a custodial family member.