OK prosecutors allege abuse before boy'south disappearance

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 5:18 AM

Rex and Rebecca Clark were serving as foster parents to the brothers when Colton Clark disappeared in April two thousand six. In the affidavit filed by prosecutors, Colton Clark'south older brother detailed abuse he said the couple inflicted on the siblings, saying they used broomsticks and extension cords to beat the boys and at times used a red-and-white cattle prod to deliver an electric shock to the boys' genitals.

OK prosecutors allege abuse before boy'south disappearance

An OK couple arrested in the two thousand six disappearance of their 9-year-old nephew had beaten the boy until he lay motionless on a sofa and then threatened the boy'south brother into repeating a rehearsed legend to authorities, prosecutors allege in an affidavit filed Tuesday.

Rex and Rebecca Clark were serving as foster parents to the brothers when Colton Clark disappeared in April two thousand six. In the affidavit filed by prosecutors, Colton Clark'south older brother detailed abuse he said the couple inflicted on the siblings, saying they used broomsticks and extension cords to beat the boys and at times used a red-and-white cattle prod to deliver an electric shock to the boys' genitals. The brother told investigators that around the time Colton disappeared, his aunt and uncle had beaten Colton so badly that the older brother wasn't sure whether his younger brother was breathing.

Rex and Rebecca Clark haven't been formally charged in Colton'south disappearance, but arrest warrants for the couple filed latest week allege first-degree murder, baby abuse, baby neglect and conspiracy to commit a felony. The prosecutor'south office has said Colton is presumed dead, and investigators have been searching the Clarks' property hoping to discover his remains. Sheriff'south Investigator David Hanson wouldn't declare Tuesday whether anything relevant to the case had been discovered.

The couple appeared in Ct Tuesday before the affidavit was filed, and Judge George Butner ordered them to return to Ct following week. Defense lawyer Robert Butler said after the hearing he didn't object to the state holding the pair at this stage.

Later, Butler declined to comment on the affidavit, saying he'd not had an opportunity to review the document, which was filed shortly before the courthouse closed Tuesday.

According to the affidavit, Colton'south brother said the couple frequently beat the boys after accusing them of stealing. The brother'south current title is blacked out of Ct documents filed publicly Tuesday in Seminole County District Court.

Colton and his older brother lived with their aunt and uncle after their parents terminated their rights to the boys. Colton was reported lost on April twenty, two thousand six, prompting a 2.500-acre look for aided by helicopters and dogs. The Clarks said he wouldn't attend a counseling session, and investigators said at first the boy may have running away, since his backpack was gone.

Colton'south brother said after Colton disappeared, his aunt and uncle coached the brother to repeat a rehearsed legend to anyone who asked. The brother said he feared for his life, according to the affidavit.

Investigators conducted interviews detailed in the affidavit suggesting Rex Clark would wake Colton'south brother at fourth a. m. and create the boy characterize his sexual fantasies. One person interviewed, whose title was redacted from the affidavit, told authorities Rex Clark sexually abused her when she was a youthful baby and forced her to look him have sex with a horse.

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