KOKOMO, Ind. – Police arrested a Kokomo man accused of sexual misconduct with a minor after a juvenile told investigators the man molested him on 25 different occasions.
Avery B. Gladney, 55, Kokomo, was arrested on a warrant over the weekend in connection with the case. The allegations were first reported to the Kokomo Police Department on Sept. 21.
4 Fast Facts
- Kokomo man arrested, accused of sexual misconduct with a minor
- A juvenile told police the man molested him an estimated 25 times
- The man was a friend’s of the juvenile’s father
- His parents stepped forward to tell police after their son told them he’d been molested
According to court documents, detectives spoke to the juvenile after his parents stepped forward to report the allegations. The family lived with Gladney from Sept. 1 to Sept. 17, 2016, and moved out after the boy said Gladney had molested him. His parents said they noticed their son had been “acting out” lately and doing poorly in school. His mother said her husband and son got into an argument about his recent behavior; during the argument, the teen disclosed that he’d been molested.
The boy told police that Gladney, a friend of his father’s, performed sex acts on him multiple times in August and September. The juvenile ended up alone with Gladney on several occasions, according to court documents.
In one incident, the boy told police that Gladney showed him a pornographic movie and performed sex acts on him. The boy said he tried to get away but Gladney held him down. Another encounter happened after Gladney asked the boy to help him hook up a television.
The incidents happened more frequently when the boy and his family moved in with Gladney, according to court documents. Most of the incidents took place when he was alone with Gladney after school while his father went to pick up his mother from work.
The juvenile said Gladney never threatened him and that they “never spoke about the incidents.”
Police arrested Gladney at his home Sunday night. An initial hearing is scheduled for Nov. 8.