York Police Department participated in investigation which led to defendant’s long-term sentencing for child sex assault and torture

YORK – York Police Chief Edward Tjaden said Monday, March 25, he is very proud of diligent work done by officers of his department which have now led to the conviction and sentencing of a man involved in what they called “a horrific case of child abuse and torture which occurred in Texas.”

Chief Tjaden said it was August of 2022 when YPD officers responded to a possible disturbance between a man and a woman at a motel at the York interchange. “They observed a juvenile who appeared to be the victim of child abuse/neglect,” Chief Tjaden said Monday. “Their investigative efforts led to them uncovering a horrific case of child abuse and torture which occurred in Texas. With assistance from the Department of Health and Human Services, the child was placed in safe keeping while Homeland Security Investigations, Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Nebraska Attorney General’s office and our agency began uncovering years of abuse, sexual assaults and torture. Experts on the topic have described it as the worst they have ever seen.”

Through the investigative work of multiple agencies across multiple states, David Calhoun, 38, was recently convicted on the following offenses:

  • Assault family violence
  • Four counts of sexual assault of a child
  • Aggravated sexual assault of a child
  • Seven counts of aggravated family assault

All the counts were against the statutes of the State of Texas.

“These convictions resulted in a sentence of $130,000 and multiple life incarceration sentences,” Chief Tjaden said. “Patience and diligent work at what was first perceived as a typical call for service brought long-deserved safety and justice for multiple juvenile victims. I am proud to work with these officers and commend their dedication.”




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