PHOENIX - Phoenix police have released more details Friday into the arrest of a former foster parent accused of child molestation.
Steven Holland, 52, was arrested Thursday morning from his home near Happy Valley Road and 51st Avenue.
His wife, 55-year-old Alma Holland, was also arrested because she allegedly knew about the crimes, court papers said. She was later released.
Sgt. Steve Martos with Phoenix police said there are seven known alleged victims in this case: two boys and five girls.
Some of them were special needs children, Martos said.
One of the boys was as young as 4 years old at the time of the crime. The oldest alleged victim was 17 years old.
In September 2011, the 4-year-old boy told his daycare that he was touched inappropriately by his foster father.
Detectives began an investigation but didn’t have enough evidence to make an arrest, Martos said.
Regardless, Child Protective Services revoked Holland’s license to be a foster parent.
Martos said another child came forward shortly after.
Within a 12-month investigation, police found the seven alleged victims.
The various crimes include sexual conduct with a minor, sexual abuse, child molesting, furnishing obscene material to a minor, and surreptitious video taping.
Phoenix police detectives served a search warrant at Holland’s home Thursday.
Police said the Hollands were running an assisted living facility inside their home and were also taking care of a 95-year-old woman. They claimed to be licensed on their website, but according to the Department of Health Services, the couple is not licensed and officials are now conducting their own investigation.
Both Steven and Alma Holland refused to talk to investigators, Martos said.
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