CLINTON — A man who police say had the "fun" house where neighborhood girls would hang out has been arrested for allegedly assaulting at least three young girls.
Corey Lee Vanlare, 36, of Clinton, was arrested Monday for investigation of two counts of aggravated sex abuse of a child, object rape, and two counts of forcible sexual abuse.
Three girls between the ages of 7 and 17 were identified as victims as of Tuesday, according to Clinton police detective Zeke Swander. However, he said investigators have talked to as many as seven young girls and fear there are additional victims who haven't stepped forward.
"Every time we touch this case, basically someone has given me another name to go talk to that something might have happened. That's why we suspect there might be more victims," Swander said.
Police believe Vanlare had been abusing neighborhood girls for at least the past 10 years, the detective said. He was married at the time of some of the alleged abuse and lived with his wife and children, according to police.
Swander said Vanlare had a house that became popular for neighborhood children because he had fun things to do there and did not impose a lot of rules.
"We don't feel like this guy is out luring people to his house. That was the place to be, that was the place to hang out," he said.
Vanlare, who lives in the 3100 West block of 2300 North, also lived in another city in Davis County over the past 10 years. Swander declined to say which city, noting that all of the potential victims would know Vanlare.
"I think just because of the circumstance with this guy, that he wasn't luring people … this would be someone that would recognize him, know his name and know if something happened," he said.
Police began investigating Vanlare as early as 2013 when a young girl stepped forward claiming she had been abused, Swander said. But she later became reluctant to talk.
"She just basically thought she was alone, no one else to stand by her," he said.
But after detectives went back to the girl to tell her they found other potential victims, she agreed to talk.
In July, another girl came forward claiming Vanlare inappropriately touched her for over a year, according to a Davis County Jail report. She also provided a list of other girls who were allegedly propositioned by Vanlare.
When Vanlare was interviewed by police he admitted to propositioning 16-year-old girls but denied any sexual contact, the report states.
Court records show Vanlare's wife filed for divorce in 2011.
Anyone who believes they were victimized or knows someone who was is asked to contact Clinton police at 801-614-0800.