FBI searches for Palisade music teacher accused of child sex assault

By: Andie Adams Email
By: Andie Adams Email

MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) – The FBI is searching across the country for a man accused of sexually abusing a child in Palisade.

James David Tiner, 59, is a former music teacher who allegedly took advantage of his 8-year-old student when she came to his Palisade home for lessons.

The incidents happened between Sept. 2009 and June 2010, according to the victim’s mother, who originally reported the abuse to police.

Investigators say Tiner had at least four sexual encounters with the girl, and when his home was searched, officers discovered videos and photographs of the victim in the nude.

The FBI reports that Tiner also had pictures of other unknown, underage girls. After the investigation was complete, he was charged with sexual assault on a child, sexual assault on a child—pattern of abuse, and sexual assault on a child by on in a position of trust.

The FBI says Tiner was last seen in Little Rock, Arkansas, on June 15, 2012, where he has ties.

Tiner—who also goes by Dave or “Music Dave”— is a white man with brown hair and blue eyes, standing 5-feet 11-inches and weighing 155 pounds.

He may be driving a red Isuzu Rodeo with Colorado registration 577YGP or an unknown Arkansas plate. Since he is known as an outdoorsman, investigators think he may be staying in campgrounds or national parks, accompanied by a dog name “Kili.” He also has a history of drug abuse.

In April 2012, the Mesa County Court issued a state arrest warrant for Tiner, and in June, the U.S. District Court for Colorado sent out a federal arrest warrant after Tiner was charged with unlawful flight to avoid persecution.

If you know any information about Tiner or his location, call the Grand Junction FBI office at (970) 242-8360.

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