Chad A. Van Diest – Repeat Sex Offender

A registered sex offender from Chelan is accused of breaking into a young girl’s house and groping her.

Chad A. Van Diest, 28, was charged in Chelan County Superior Court on Friday with residential burglary with sexual motivation, which is a felony, and fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor. The felony charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Chelan County Sheriff’s Office deputies suspect that Van Diest introduced himself to a 15-year-old girl as she walked home from school on Oct. 20. He told her he was 22 and her brother’s friend, according to an affidavit filed in Chelan County Superior Court.

The next morning she discovered the same man inside an enclosed patio at her home on Isenhart Road, court papers state. He had also gone through the house looking for her and had looked through her backpack.

The teen said the man grabbed her left buttock and tried to kiss her but she pulled away. He then left, the girl told deputies.

Van Diest is a registered Level II sex offender, meaning he’s considered a “moderate” risk to reoffend.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte