Violinist kept sex assault arrest secret

AURORA | For several months after his arrest on child sex assault charges, a Colorado Symphony Orchestra violinist kept the arrest secret from his bosses and continued playing in the symphony.

It wasn’t until June, a full six months after David Waldman was arrested and accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl and trying to assault another, that the symphony learned of Waldman’s arrest, said Gene Sobczak, president and CEO of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

David Waldman

A few days later, symphony officials confronted Waldman with the information and placed him on indefinite leave without pay, Sobczak said.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that Waldman pleaded guilty to sexual assault on a child and will have to register as a sex offender and undergo 10 years of intensive sex offender probation.

Sobczak said Waldman is still on leave, but the symphony has been in contact with its lawyers to determine his future.

“We’re obviously responding to that now and a decision regarding David’s permanent status is going to be made very shortly,” he said.

According to a statement from prosecutors, Waldman assaulted two girls in separate incidents about a year apart. In one incident, a 13-year-old girl told police that during a sleep over with Walldman’s daughter at his Aurora home, he came into the room where she was sleeping, put his hand on her private area and “smelled her” there.

Prosecutors said Waldman’s wife also told police Waldman said he wanted to kill himself and admitted he touched the girl inappropriately.

Later, parents of a second girl came forward and told Aurora police that in July 2010, when their daughter was 12 years old, Waldman tried to touch her private area during a sleep over.

According to a biography posted online, Waldman has been with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra since 1994 and also taught violin to younger students.

Sobczak said Waldman never had contact with children as part of his job with the symphony.

Prosecutors said Waldman was affiliated with the Young Artists Orchestra of Colorado and encouraged parents who have concerns that their child spent time with Waldman to contact Detective Dave Thailing with the Aurora police Crimes Against Children Unit at 303-739-6141.

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