Phoenix police arrested a man Tuesday after investigators accused him of molesting five different girls between the ages of 10 and 16 during the past two years, according to court records.
Police arrested Kenneth Burle Clouser Jr. at his home near Cave Creek and Hatcher roads after investigators said one girl initially came forward to report abuse and four more girls followed suit, including one who was described as “mentally delayed,” according to court records.
Clouser, 37, denied the abuse and told police his wife believes the girls made up the allegations because of a falling out several months earlier between Clouser and a family member, according to a police report.
Some of the girls told police they referred to Clouser as “Uncle Ken” though court records indicate the girls are close family friends and distant relatives.
A 13-year-old girl first told police about the abuse and said Clouser inappropriately touched her on three different occasions late last year as they watched television and movies at his home, according to court records.
Following her report, a 14-year-old girl told police about two other incidents where Clouser inappropriately touched her last year during the course of a massage at his home, police said.
Another girl, who police described as “mentally delayed,” told police there were three separate incidents between February and August 2013 in which Clouser engaged in sexual conduct with the girl, according to a police report.
The final allegations came from two girls, ages 13 and 10, who told police about two separate incidents of sexual abuse that took place in the spring and fall, according to court records.
Clouser was arrested on suspicion of 19 sex crimes including sexual abuse, child molestation and indecent exposure, according to court documents.
After he was arrested, Clouser admitted to having the girls over to his house when, at times, his wife was away and to occasionally giving some of the girls massages, according to court documents.
Clouser was being held in custody without bond because the nature of the allegations which included sexual assault and sexual conduct with minor under 15 years old, according to court records.