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#43
Mar 31, 2011
 
Switzerland person wrote:
I lost touch with Dave in Jan 2007 and also have tried to locate him and came across this today. Very upsetting. Anything further news?
To be honest I am leery of asking his first wife about it. She is so wonderful, raised the kids super well.
I don't want to hurt her.
will let you know if I learn anything.
Yes this hurt big time.sincerely, debilyn
You're quite right, M has been through enough. email: gattiamore@gmail.com
Daria

Corvallis, OR

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#44
Jun 11, 2011
 
He's in Costa Rica living with the nineteen year old younger sister. The wife no longer lives with him. He is bitter about the U.S. & see's family as having abandoned him. I feel bad for his children. The 19 year old thinks he is her savior & I'm not sure what that relationship is. Not sure I want to know.
Dave and Valentina

Alajuela, Costa Rica

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#47
Aug 11, 2011
 
Several months after my arrest, my attorney informed me that because the district attorney lacked evidence, was about to dismiss the case. Several weeks later I was asked to come into his office and I thought that would be the end of it. Instead I was told that the district attorney had added ten more counts. When asked why this happened he explained that apparently my neighbors and friends had contacted his office on almost a daily basis and said that if he did not pursue the case they would make sure the papers and everyone else found out he did not pursue “child molesters.” I guess by this time I somehow became a child molester. Again, not allowed or told not to speak to anyone, so I didn’t. I asked why it would make any difference to me if there was 1 count against me or 20. I think it was this meeting where I really became aware of the world I was in. I was then informed that I could get up to 30 years or more in a state penitentiary with twenty counts. I would have been given less for manslaughter or the rape of a minor relative. Yeah, this is our “justice system.”
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Alajuela, Costa Rica

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#48
Aug 11, 2011
 
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Dave and Valentina

Alajuela, Costa Rica

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#49
Aug 11, 2011
 
This is a four page document. I could not get it to post propertly, if you would like to know the truth, send me your email and I will send it to you.

-Valentina.
Dave and Valentina

Alajuela, Costa Rica

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#51
Aug 11, 2011
 
A few days later I met with my attorney. He then informed me that the district attorney had added another 20 counts against me. He said that the district attorney wants me to plead and that he had a deal for me. I was still saying there was no way I was pleading to something I didn’t do. He then told me that the judge I had was a real problem because she,“…rules on political motive.” He used the exact same words. I was at that moment scared to death. He said that she would most likely believe that I was innocent but would have to rule against me. At the very least he said I would most likely get 8 YEARS IN PRISON. My daughter immediately came to mind and I thought of how I would not see her grow up. I then gave in. I was given the option of pleading something that meant I did not admit to guilt but if I went to trial I could still be found guilty. I plead to two counts of possession, meaning two pictures of child pornography. I was given 60 nights in jail and probation.
The worst part is that I would have to register as a sex offender. When you register as a sex offender, there is no distinction between someone who has a picture and a child rapist. It is something that haunts you for life - there is no appeal, it does not go away.
There is more that you people go into. How you could possibly bring my daughter into it is unfathomable. She’s twenty years old, free to do and go where she pleases. She has been ostracized almost as badly as I have – for no reason.
I am and will remain angry with this for the rest of my life. Americans have no idea what kind of judicial system we have. Until you are charged with something this horrible, or worse, you will never know – you cannot comprehend.
The worst part is people like you. You have no idea what you are talking about; you have none of the facts – just gossip. My own sister is amongst you. I am not like her. I would never tell people what she is like although she spews the garbage and lies that she does. She does know she is lying and she will have to live with those lies.
There are other matters gossiped about and other facts. Please, if you really want to know the truth, just ask ME. Stop this ignorant gossip and ask – if you want the truth.
To those true friends who did stand by me through this hell, I will love and appreciate you all of my life.

DDB/vlb
Dave and Valentina

Alajuela, Costa Rica

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#52
Aug 11, 2011
 
Daria wrote:
He's in Costa Rica living with the nineteen year old younger sister. The wife no longer lives with him. He is bitter about the U.S. & see's family as having abandoned him. I feel bad for his children. The 19 year old thinks he is her savior & I'm not sure what that relationship is. Not sure I want to know.
Who are you and why would you make this crap up??!! You don't know me. You've never met me or even spoken with me. What an evil person you must be.

I am in no way "bitter about the U.S." other than dislike our crappy government. Where would you get this? Are you mentally ill? I live in CR because I love it here, I can afford to live here and people are not like "you."

Why the crap would you say that I feel that my family abandoned me? You make this crap up and it's unbelievable. I left my family many years ago. FIFTEEN years before these charges. One has nothing to do with the other. Get a life lady!!

How dare you say that about my daughter you sick and most likely insecure fat cow. She lives here by choice. I have a great relationship with her and her sister. All for normal, healthy reason. You are sick and should be ashamed of yourself!

Written by Dave and posted by Valentina
DDB/v
Dave and Valentina

Alajuela, Costa Rica

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#53
Aug 11, 2011
 
Switzerland person wrote:
I lost touch with Dave in Jan 2007 and also have tried to locate him and came across this today. Very upsetting. Anything further news?
To be honest I am leery of asking his first wife about it. She is so wonderful, raised the kids super well.
I don't want to hurt her.
will let you know if I learn anything.
Yes this hurt big time.sincerely, debilyn
Debi,
Like most people, you jump to many conclusions with no idea what you're talking about. I want nothing to do with you after you charged money on our mother's credit card as she was dying. I want nothing to do with you because you stole $10,000 from each your brother and myself - our inheritance from our Mother. You know, you deny it but you are the one who will have to live with yourself. Read the attached four page document. You haven't spoken to me since you once again tried to borrow money from me and I told you that "the bank was closed."
And you're right, leave my ex-wife alone. She wants no more to do with you than I do.
What hurt big time??? You don't and never did know the truth. My phone number was listed in VA, you only had to pick up the phone. But like so many, you chose to write on blogs and make it up as you go.
Written by Dave and posted by Valentina
DDB/vlb
Anya

Richmond, VA

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#54
Aug 31, 2011
 
This blog is waist of time and who created this blog should be punished. And leave Dave along. He has a wonderful life. Let's just keep it that way.
Michele G

Costa Rica

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#55
Oct 9, 2011
 
I agree with the poster who suggested that “Concerned Neighbor” Cindy Smith be charged with libel and sued. She was very quick to post Dave’s name for a crime he had not been convicted of, yet neglected to use her own name.
My husband and I are friends and neighbors of Dave and Valentina’s in Costa Rica. FWIW, my husband is a retired Senior Vice President of a large regional bank in the Pacific Northwest. I am a retired CPA and worked as an Accounting Manager at corporate headquarters for a publicly-traded retail chain. The ONLY reason I am not signing my name to this is because I don’t want to draw more attention to the blog disparaging Dave and Valentina when someone Googles me.
We’ve heard “the rest of the story” from Dave and Valentina. They’re kind, generous people and what happened to them was horrific enough without it being twisted and perpetuated. I intend to contact “topix” and request that the entire blog be removed.

Respectfully,
Michele G
all I know

Ritzville, WA

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#56
Feb 7, 2012
 
is he left the country to Costa Rica.
Debra McPhate Potter

Cathlamet, WA

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#57
Aug 14, 2012
 
Last I heard he moved out of the country to Costa Rica.
Tasos

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#58
Mar 17, 2013
 
The life360 application shows him in Athens, Greece.
MicheleG

Beaverton, OR

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#59
Mar 17, 2013
 
Nope, he's not in Athens, Greece. He and his adopted 21 year old daughter are rehabilitating parrots in Costa Rica. We've been friends and neighbors for a year-and-a half. Sorry to disappoint the gossip mongers...

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