Former dentist charged with child sex abuse for trying to ‘teach’ the girls about sex

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PROVO, Utah (ABC4 News) – A 70-year-old former Utah dentist was charged with several felonies, including aggravated sexual abuse of a child, for “trying to teach two young girls about sex.”

According to charging documents, Clark Crookston, of Orem, was charged in 4th District Court on April 30 for first-degree felony aggravated sexual abuse of a child, two counts third-degree dealing in materials harmful to a minor and two misdemeanor counts of lewdness involving a child. 

Police said a woman called to report Crookston for behavior concerning her two daughters.

One of the girls said when she was about 5, she walked into a changing room while Crookston was naked, and he told her he didn’t mind and tried teaching her about it. The child said she was told to touch his private parts, which she did, but didn’t want to, documents state. 

She told the police nothing like that ever happened again.

The other girl told police the man tried to teach her about private body parts. She said Crookston would show her naked pictures of himself or expose himself, according to documents.

Documents revealed the girl told police about a specific time she walked into Crookston’s office while he was looking at photos of himself and one time he had her sit on his lap and he showed her pictures of other naked men.

He also showed her a picture of him measuring his own private parts. She said she has never been asked to touch the Crookston inappropriately, documents state.

According to documents, the girl’s parents said they confronted Crookston in 2014 about exposing himself. He told them “it was a teaching moment and he didn’t want the girls to feel ashamed about it.”

The parents told the Crookston not to speak with their children about these matters again.

In 2016, Crookston allegedly talked to the parents about how the girls needed to be more actively talked to about sex education. One of the girls then told her parents that Crookston had shown her a picture naked man.

The parents again told Crookston he did not have their permission to talk about sex with their children.

About 6-8 months later, one of the girls mentioned something that made parents believe Crookston was still talking about sex. When confronted, Crookston stated again he was concerned that they weren’t teaching the girls enough about sex. They warned him to stop talking about sex with their children. 

In February of 2019, the child again said Crookston had continued to teach her about sex but had told her these conversations were OK because they were only reviewing and not teaching new information.

During another confrontation, Crookston admitted to having shown himself to one of the girls after she walked in on him and “showed curiosity.” He stated he let her “take a peek” 2-3 times recently and on January 2, 2019, he showed her his privates.

A warrant was executed on Crookston’s computer, where several files were discovered that corroborate what the girls had told them. Police also found several videos of nude men.

He was booked into the Utah County Jail on Thursday.

A record check for Crookston shows no criminal history in Utah and his dental license expired in 2010. 

If you or someone you know needs help, call the Rape & Sexual Assault Crisis Line 1-888-421-1100. 

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