Glendale Police headquarters
Glendale Police Headquarters. Courtesy of the department

A 63-year-old man accused of sexually abusing a child over seven years in Glendale was in custody Saturday after cops used a sting operation in which a detective pretended to be a victim in a text message.

Barry Clark was taken into custody Thursday at his home in Missouri, where police served a search warrant and located unspecified evidence, according to the Glendale Police Department. Officer announced the arrest Friday.

Police allege Clark abused the child between 2009 and 2016. The investigation started in 2019 and police learned the suspect had also been accused of taking photographs up the skirt of a girl in 2012 and making lewd comments to another minor in 2004, according to the department.

Authorities eventually contacted Clark in February, when he responded to a text message from a detective, who was pretending to be a victim, according to police.

“During a phone call on that number, Clark made admissions of sexually abusing this specific victim throughout the years,” police said.

Clark was arrested on suspicion of two counts of committing a sexual act with a child under 10 and one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child, police said.

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