Experts: Waiting to report sexual incident for years not uncommon

Sioux Falls, S.D. (KSFY) - A Sioux Falls man is facing more sexual contact allegations Tuesday from a second victim. A detective received a call over the weekend from a woman who claims David Hirsch touched her inappropriately 23 years ago when she was eight-years-old. Hirsch was first arrested last month for sexual contact, stemming from a 2012 incident involving a girl that was 9-years-old at the time. The latest victim to come forward said the incident happened at an in-home daycare operated out of Hirsch’s home.

“We know now that there are two victims or believe there are two victims. We’ll see, I guess, what happens if there’s more in the future,” Sioux Falls Public Information Officer, Sam Clemens said.

Two victims have now come forward accusing David Hirsch of inappropriate contact.

“We want to give them a chance to be heard and really a chance to heal. That’s really what it comes down to. It takes a lot of time for this information to process,” Clemens said.

Both victims waited years to report the incident, but experts said that is not uncommon.

“We encourage people to come at any point that they are ready to talk about what happened to them. We find it affects them no matter when it happened. People come to us 10 or 20 years down the road and still are reporting they have trouble sleeping. Certain things will set them off and they remember what happened to them. So we're here to help at any point,” The Compass Center Executive Director, Michelle Markgraf said.

Officials said talking to your kids is important.

“Let them know what’s appropriate, what’s not appropriate. It doesn’t matter who's doing that. If there’s some inappropriate touching they need to tell a parent,” Clemens said.

Experts said a change in behavior could be a sign something might be wrong.

“We tell parents don’t push a child because that’s not going to help but just be there, be open, and willing to listen,” Markgraf said.

Police said they believe there may be many more of Hirsch’s victims out there.

“Having an in-home daycare that was run for 25 years, there really is an unlimited amount of victims, potential victims out there,” Clemens said.

The in-home daycare operated out of Hirsch’s home, closed this past summer. Police are asking anyone who believes they are a victim to come forward. Police don’t’ know if Hirsch will face additional charges in light of the new allegations.