Registered sex offender charged with hospital assault

10 months 1 week 14 hours ago Tuesday, September 12 2017 Sep 12, 2017 Tuesday, September 12, 2017 11:34:00 AM CDT September 12, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A registered sex offender has been charged with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in a Springfield hospital while she was visiting a woman who had delivered twins.

Fifty-seven-year-old Dave Saffeels was charged Saturday with nine felonies, including child molestation, stemming from allegations that he assaulted the 11-year-old and a 2-year-old girl. The Springfield News-Leader reports he is jailed on $500,000 bond. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

The probable cause statement says the older girl was repeatedly assaulted in August in a patient room of Cox South Hospital, where Saffeels also was a visitor. Cox spokeswoman Kaitlyn McConnell says the hospital wasn't aware of the allegations at the time.

Saffeels was registered as a sex offender because of a 2002 conviction for sexually abusing a 6-year-old.

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