Detectives search for possible additional victims of man who sexually abused young girls

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriff's Office Sexual Assault Unit Detectives arrested a man Wednesday afternoon for sexually abusing at least two young girls. They are searching for additional victims.

38-year-old Dean “DJ” Zumwalt was booked into jail for four felony charges. Zumwalt is already a Level 1 Registered Sex Offender from a third degree rape conviction back in 2010.

Detectives have identified two more young girls who may have been abused by Zumwalt, and they believe there are additional victims who have not yet been identified.

In mid-December, Detective Kevin Richey began investigating a report of a 7-year-old female being sexually abused by a family friend, known as Dean “DJ” Zumwalt.

During the investigation, detectives found another 8-year-old female who also said Zumwalt sexually abused her.

Both victims said they were sexually abused while they were at sleepovers at Zumwalt's residence over the past few months. There were additional young girls at these sleepovers, two of which have been identified but not yet interviewed. Detectives are trying to identify these two girls, known as “Bree” and “Shaylin.”

Investigators also learned that Zumwalt is suspected of a similar criminal act in Pend Oreille County and possibly Lincoln County as well.

Zumwalt, who is known as “DJ” to the families he befriends, appears to use the story of inviting young girls to sleepovers with other young girls he calls his nieces. 

If you feel like your child may have been victimized by Zumwalt in Spokane County, or have information regarding the investigation, you are asked to contact Detective Richey at 509-477-3296.

If you are in a surrounding county and feel your child may have been victimized, you are asked to contact your local law enforcement agency.

Zumwalt is charged with Rape of a Child 1st Degree, Indecent Liberties (Forcible Compulsion), Child Molestation 1st Degree and Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.