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Registered sex offender rapes 11-year-old girl in hospital while she was visiting family

By Mason White 1:04 PM September 13, 2017
Dave Saffeels
Dave Saffeels
By: Emily Lewis

A man was arrested after being accused of raping a girl in a hospital room.

The 11-year-old girl of Missouri, went to the Cox South Hospital in Springfield, to visit a family member who had giving birth to twins.

According to police, during her visit, registered sex offender 57-year-old Dave Saffeels, who was visiting the same woman, managed to lure the girl into a patient’s room, where he raped her.

The girl told police that he touched her groin area before he pulled off her shorts and raped her. Saffeels then left the room and came back a few hours later. He performed a sex act on the girl.

The next day, when Saffeels was left alone again with the girl, she said that he put on a pink condom and raped her. The girl said that the suspect then flushed the condom down the toilet.

The girl told detectives that she did not tell anyone about the rape because she was scared.

It was only after he tried to rape her during a visit at her home that the girl finally told someone and police were called.

Hospital spokesperson Kaitlyn McConnell said that the hospital was not informed about the allegations when it occurred.

It took police 10 days to arrest the suspect after the girl’s family filed a complaint.

During their investigation, detectives said they discovered that Saffeels has also sexually abused a 2-year-old girl in the same month.

The toddler’s mother admitted to police that she allowed Saffeels to babysit her daughter while she took a nap despite knowing that he was a registered sex offender.

The woman said that when she woke up, her daughter was crying and Saffeels said that he needed to leave.

The mother saw that her diaper was “crooked,” and when the child’s father was trying to give her a bath, the 2-year-old was covering her groin and crying out in pain.

Saffeels was ordered to register as a sex offender after he was found guilty in 2002 for sexually abusing a 6-year-old child.

Saffeels was charged with three counts of statutory rape, three counts of statutory sodomy, one count of child molestation and furnishing pornographic material to a minor.

He is being held in the Greene County Jail on a $500,000 bond.