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The Today File

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September 19, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Local children’s musician charged with molesting two girls

UPDATE 3:45 p.m.: Darby Gerking, known around the area as the children’s music performer “Mr. Darby,” has been charged with two counts of first-degree child molestation, domestic violence.

Gerking, 57, was booked into the King County Jail on Tuesday, but has since bailed out.

According to charges filed by King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Carol Spoor,  Gerking inappropriately touched two girls he knew several years ago. Bellevue police do not believe there are other victims

On Gerking’s website said that “Mr. Darby’s Music with Friends” was established nearly 15 years ago. Gerking travels to nearly a dozen schools and child care centers in the Seattle-area each week where he plays an array of musical instruments, sings, reads books and performs with puppets, according to the site.

ORIGINAL POST: A Bellevue man who works as a children’s music performer has been arrested for suspected child molestation.

He was booked into the King County Jail on Tuesday for the alleged molestation and on Wednesday, King County District Court Judge Arthur Chapman found probable cause to hold him on $150,000 bail, according to court documents. The man posted bond last night and was released.

Dan Donohoe, spokesman for King County Prosectuor Dan Satterberg, said his office could file felony charges as early as today.

The man is accused of molesting two young girls between 2008 and 2010, according to a Bellevue police report. The girls told police that the man touched them inappropriately, when they were each nine or 10 years old, according to the report.

Bellevue police Officer Seth Cyler said detectives do not believe there are other victims.

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