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Update: Retired Air Force chaplain reportedly targeted family

By KRDO.com Staff
Published On: Sep 19 2012 07:28:40 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 20 2012 05:47:52 PM CDT
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

Arrest documents imply that the alleged sexual assault on a child charges faced by a retired Air Force chaplain occurred with family and not on the job.

David Grosse, 78, was taken into custody on Wednesday morning, police said.  The investigation began in July after Colorado Springs police received a report of sexual assault. 

Court documents indicate that Grosse targeted young girls that he was either related to or close family friends with while on regular visits. Four people recount multiple incidents with Grosse in which he reportedly touched them inappropriately, laid with them in bed, or visited them in the bathroom. In some of those cases, the alleged victims said Grosse was naked.

Grosse reportedly targeted young girls through adolescence. He reportedly told his victims to keep their encounters quiet to keep him out of trouble. Grosse reportedly called the activities "not a sex thing."

"This is a special time we share," the alleged victim told police. "This is something special that goes one between us and you can't tell anybody and you're not gonna tell anybody because that would hurt me."

Grosse spent 30 years in the Air Force as a chaplain. He retired in 1993 with a Legion of Merit award. One social media site in Grosse's name indicates that he spent most of that time in Colorado Springs but does not detail when he may have been out of the state, other than for education.

Grosse received secondary and seminary education at several schools including Yale University Divinity School, Eastern Nazarene College and Nazarene Theological Seminary through the 1950s and early 60s. In the 1970s, Grosse attended Boston University School of Education.

For the last two years, Grosse has owned a home on the southwest side of Colorado Springs. One neighbor called Grosse "a fine man" and found the allegations against him hard to believe.

Investigators are concerned that there may be more victims.  If you or someone you know have been victimized by Grosse, please call police at 719-444-7000.

You may also call Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers, Inc. at (719) 634-STOP (7867).  You do not have to give your name and could earn a cash reward.

According to jail records Grosse is out on bond which was set at $25,000.

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