Dampier now facing 22 charges of sexual crimes against children

Timothy Dampier, who has been active in several Central District churches, is now facing 22 charges of sexual misconduct against children. The charges range from possessing child pornography to child molestation, all over a period from 1996 to his May 2011 arrest.

Dampier has so far pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. Police put out a call in May urging any other victims to come forward:

Tim Dampier was arrested in May 2011 by Seattle Police Sexual Assault Unit detectives for sex crimes against children.  He is a well-known church musician tied to several African-American churches in the greater Seattle area and had worked at the group home Samuel House (Kent) and the Union Gospel Mission.  At the time of his arrest he was working at the Bellevue Boys and Girls Club.

Dampier’s trial date is currently scheduled for September 18th, 2012 (he has been in custody since May of 2011).

The on-going investigation has continued and at this point the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has filed 22 charges resulting from sexual offenses against at least 10 victims identified thus far.  The charges include Rape of a Child, Child Molestation, Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and Communicating with a Minor for Immoral Purposes (18 of the 22 charges are felonies). 

Seattle Police Sexual Assault Unit detectives have developed information during the course of their investigation that indicates there may be additional persons out there who have not reported their victimization by the suspect to police.   

We want to ensure that any and all victims receive not only the assistance they need, but justice. 

Just because the suspect is in custody is not a reason to not come forward with information about additional crimes that may have been committed.  We are very interested in identifying and interviewing any additional victims who remain unknown at this time.

Anyone who was victimized by the suspect, had interactions with the suspect that they suspect were criminal in nature, or who knows anyone that may be a victim is asked to call the Seattle Police Sexual Assault Unit at (206) 684-5575.  Anonymous tips are welcome.

Below is the most recent charging document:

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