Saturday, May 31, 2014

Daughter says dad sexually abused her for years (Chesapeake, Virginia)

Dad is identified as DAVID SELLERS.

Daughter says father abused her for years

By Jason Marks

Updated: Friday, May 30, 2014, 10:26 am
Published: Friday, May 30, 2014, 12:06 am

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – Just days after a volunteer coach at a catholic school in Norfolk was arrested for sexually abusing a child, a woman told police he did the same thing to her. That woman told 10 On Your Side she is his daughter.

“It is devastating to have to go through it,“ 29-year-old Catherine Sellers, said. “You don’t even realize the impact that you go through growing up and dealing with that pain.”

Sellers told 10 On Your Side her darkest secrets, secrets she’s lived with since she was a little girl, growing up in Chesapeake. Her father, David Sellers, was arrested Wednesday by Norfolk Police. Detectives say he sexually abused a child for more than two years.

“I lost it,” Sellers said about her reaction to the arrest. “I went insane, because I knew that all my worries this whole time had come true.“

Those concerns come from a woman who said she was abused by the same man. Catherine said the abuse happened inside her Chesapeake home, starting when she was only 2 years old and lasting until she was 10. She now lives in New York.

“It bothers me that he hasn’t been punished for what he has done, and he’s been able to commit that to other people,“ Sellers added.

At the time of David Sellers’ recent arrest, he was working as a volunteer coach at Christ the King Catholic School. Police say the abuse did not involve any students nor did it happen at the school.

“[He's] the devil,” Seller said. “The devil does things like that.“

Catherine said she can’t forgive her father and hasn’t spoken to him in three years. She has filed a report with Chesapeake police, which she hopes will even out the score. A detective will meet with her, and if there is enough evidence, David Sellers could face more charges.

“He never needs to see the light of day,” she said.

Sellers remains in the Norfolk City Jail without bond. He’s due back in court on June 11.