Sex-assault suspect jailed after calling 911

Tillman Clifton

A Whitewater man early Tuesday called police to report his wife was accusing him of molesting a young girl.

He was then arrested on suspicion of molesting a young girl.

Tillman Clifton, 38, was booked at the Mesa County Jail on one count of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust after Mesa County sheriff’s deputies were called around 2 a.m. Tuesday by a man who said he was locked out of a home.

Clifton, who called authorities, was found pacing back and forth outside a home and raised with deputies what he called “the drama” involving allegations by his wife, according to an arrest affidavit.

The alleged victim in the case, a 10-year-old girl, told deputies Clifton woke her up during the night in her bed, carried her to a living room, where he placed her on a couch, and covered her with a blanket, the affidavit said. She said she fell asleep but woke within minutes and found Clifton “jumping on her.”

Using her play dolls to demonstrate what happened, the girl described Clifton making her spread her legs and lie on her back as he made “thrusting motions” on her. Deputies concluded from the demonstration there was touching of the girl’s intimate parts, while Clifton was “grinding” on her, the affidavit said.
”(Girl) also told me this wasn’t the first time this has happened between her and Cliff,” the affidavit said.

The girl described another incident this past summer when Clifton allegedly picked her up, set her on his lap and started “shaking,” the affidavit said. Deputies also observed cocoa butter lotion on the girl’s body. She’d earlier told the deputy Clifton rubbed lotion on her arms.

Clifton denied any wrongdoing, explaining the girl had fallen out of bed during the night, so he picked her up and carried her to the couch. According to the affidavit, Clifton also explained there were two young girls inside the home, adding, “if he was going to touch one of them or do something with one of them it would be (other girl) and not the 10-year-old.”


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