Trial begins for Wonder Lake man accused of molesting girl he baby-sat

David Kimble
David Kimble

WOODSTOCK – A Wonder Lake man on trial this week is accused of molesting a young girl he often would baby-sit.

David D. Kimble, 47, was indicted on four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Prosecutors said he touched a then-9-year-old girl to whom he was not related but who often referred to him as “Uncle Dave.” The charging documents allege the abuse happened at least four times between August and November 2013.

Kimble denies the accusations and has been out on bond pending trial.

The girl’s interview at the Child Advocacy Center was played Tuesday for jurors during the first day of testimony. It was conducted at the time the allegations arose, and the girl told a police officer that Kimble touched her vagina over her clothes and that he did it five times.

“I try telling him not to, but he doesn’t listen or he forgets,” she said in the interview.

From the witness stand, the soft-spoken girl said Kimble pushed her on the bed at his Wonder Lake home and removed her clothes. She said it happened 10 times.

“The details change,” Kimble’s defense attorney Matt Haiduk told jurors in his opening statement.

Haiduk further pointed to the adults of the home, saying they often would leave their children – there are six between the engaged couple – with Kimble who would watch them but not know when their parents would return. Kimble and the girl’s father were friends, co-workers and neighbors.

“He’d wind up with the kids for days,” Haiduk said.

There are no charged offenses involving any of the other children.

Further, Haiduk said that the girl’s allegations came only after her dad’s fiancée asked specifically, “Did Dave touch you?”

“[Her stepmom] is the one who brings it up, [the alleged victim] doesn’t,” Haiduk said.

In her opening statement, Assistant State’s Attorney Sharyl Eisenstein said that was what it took for the girl to come forward.

“It wasn’t until someone asked her … that she finally told what had been happening,” Eisenstein said.

Eisenstein also pointed to Kimble’s own interview with police in which he said the alleged victim “was a good kid. She wouldn’t lie.”

Haiduk said those comments were taken out of context.

The trial before McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather is expected to wrap up Wednesday.

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