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Clarkdale man accused of rape, molestation

A 51-year-old Clarkdale man was arrested Monday and accused of the rape and molestation of six children.

Richard Amis Jr. is being held on a $500,000 bond at the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde. Verde Valley Justice Court Judge Joe Butner ordered the bond at an initial hearing Tuesday morning.

According to Clarkdale police, Amis reportedly admitted to having sexual contact with five boys and a girl between the ages of six and 13 starting in 1985. He reportedly admitted to police during a taped phone conversation of drugging and then having intercourse with the girl. All the alleged assaults reportedly occurred at Amis' apartment.

A third party reported Amis to police May 16 after he allegedly admitting to the sex crimes, police reported. Each of the alleged victims reportedly gave similar accounts of the allegations.

A medical examination of the girl concluded that signs of sexual activity on the girl's genitalia were present, police reported.

Amis is expected to be arraigned next week.

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