According to a criminal complaint, the girl’s father invited Dietz to stay in their home about a month ago after Dietz and his girlfriend split up.
“He ended up violating their trust,” said Ambridge Police Chief James Mann, who said Dietz was their neighbor.
Soon after moving in with the girl and her father, Dietz told police he developed a “father/daughter” relationship and would go to the child's bedroom to rub her back until she fell asleep.
Police said Dietz admitted to shoving his hands down the girl’s pants and rubbing her buttocks. On several occasions, he also kissed her neck and lips, and rubbed her genitals, police said.
Ambridge Police were made aware after receiving child abuse information from Beaver County Children and Youth Services. The girl confirmed the allegations on Jan. 2 during a forensic interview at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.
After viewing the video, police arranged to interview Dietz at the police station.
Once, while Dietz and the girl were engaged in the “tickle game,” she told the man her private parts were off limits. From that point forward, Dietz told police he didn't touch the girl.
Police said he showed remorse, was apologetic and admitted his actions were wrong, continuously stating his intentions were to comfort the girl.
Mann said if there are other victims, he encourages them to contact local police.
“Who knows if this is the first time he did something like this,” Mann said.
Dietz was arraigned Jan. 6 before District Judge Edward Howe and remained in Beaver County Jail as of Thursday afternoon. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in February.
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