A man who worked as director of a Winston-Salem recreation center has been indicted on charges of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old child, authorities said Tuesday.
David Walter Edge, 39, of Olivet Church Road in Lewisville is charged with one count of indecent liberties with a child and three counts of sex offense with a child, Winston-Salem police said. A Forsyth County grand jury indicted Edge on Monday.
Edge was released from custody after he posted a $200,000 bond, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said. He is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 19.
Edge declined to comment on his case.
On Sept. 1, 2018, police received a report that a child had been sexually assaulted the previous day at Miller Park Recreation Center, police said. At the time, Edge was the center’s director.
The parents took the child to a local hospital for examination, police said. Detectives then investigated the case, with police informing the city’s parks and recreation department that they were investigating an employee.
After city officials received the complaint against Edge last year, he was transferred to a recreation administrative position that didn’t involve interactions with children, City Manager Lee Garrity said. Edge was moved to an office at a warehouse in the city.
Edge started his work as a city employee on Aug. 29, 2016. He was fired on Nov. 6 of this year, said Carmen Caruth, the city’s human resources director. Edge’s annual salary was $47,800.
Edge was arrested on July 27 and initially charged with taking indecent liberties with a child and two counts of sex offense with a child, police said.
The Winston-Salem Police Department didn’t announce Edge’s arrest and the charges against him at the time because investigators believed there would be a third sex-offense charge filed against Edge, police Lt. Eric Montgomery said.
“We just didn’t know when that charge was coming,” Montgomery said. “I found out last week that it was going to happen — for that other charge to come in.”
The grand jury indicted Edge on an additional charge of sex offense with a child, police said.
Garrity said he was told that police typically do not issue press releases on the date of arrest for this type of offense. He referred additional questions to the police department.