by: Alison Grande Updated:
A popular children's musician admitted to police he molested two younger girls, according to court documents.
Darby Gerking plays for kids around the Puget Sound at schools, community events and birthday parties. Wednesday, he appeared in King County Court accused of molesting a 12-year-old and a 15-year-old.
According to court documents, Gerking admitted to detectives he'd touched the two young girls' private parts when they were both 9 or 10 on two or three occasions each. He told a detective he thought they were sleeping at the time.
Before Gerking even made his court appearance, a woman identifying herself as Gerking's sister told KIRO 7 in the court room, "Nobody ever can believe that their relative could be capable of anything harmful to anyone else. Everything in me thinks this has got be a horrible mistake."
The judge set a bail of $150,000 because he was concerned Gerking's job as a children's musician put him in repeated contact with children.
Gerking posted bond around 9:30pm Wednesday night. He was ordered not to have contact with any children
KIRO 7 confirmed he played at the Crossroads Bellevue shopping center, the Redmond Saturday Market, and Cedar Crest Academy: Redmond Campus all within the last year. No one at any of the locations would speak with us on camera.
Bellevue police are working to see if there could be more victims. According to investigators, the victims are children Gerking had access to at his home, not girls he met through his job as a musician.
The court documents do not say anything about the circumstances surrounding the molestation, including why it took the girls a few years to come forward.