Mother: Babysitter Accused Of Sex Abuse Seemed Perfect

NEWTON (CBS) – A former teacher already accused of sexually abusing a child is now in trouble as a babysitter. Prosecutors say David Ettlinger took pictures and video of a young girl he was watching.

They say one video shows him assaulting the girl. Ettlinger just resigned as a Newton teacher.

WBZ-TV’s Kate Merill spoke with a mother who had arranged for him to babysit her kids in just a few days.

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“We felt lucky that we found somebody like that,” says Isabel Stover. “That he was a babysitter he was a teacher we felt like he’d be great with the kids.”

Isabel Stover admits when she hired David Ettlinger to babysit last October, everything seemed perfect.

Not only was he a local teacher in town, but her 8-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son approved.

“They liked him,” says Stover. “They asked ‘when can we have that guy back again?’”

In fact, the Stovers had him booked to sit next week on Valentine’s Day.

“I still think when I see his face he was really friendly looking, he had a nice smile,” says Stover. “We just connected on many levels.”

But now Ettlinger is behind bars, facing charges of child porn and assault on a child.

New charges just filed in Middlesex County allege Ettlinger photographed and sexually assaulted a young girl he was babysitting.

The charges are deeply disturbing to the Newton mom who found him on the popular babysitting match site “Sittercity”.

And while she doesn’t blame the site, the entire ordeal has taught her a tough lesson.

“I don’t think I could have done anything differently,” she says. “The only thing different is educate my kids.”

Sittercity released a statement saying they pulled his profile and contacted all parents who reached out to Ettlinger.

Ettlinger is being held on $50,000 cash bail.


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