Man who dressed as characters for kids' parties accused of raping children

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Authorities announced the arrest of a Colwyn man who is charged with the sexual abuse and rape of children. Authorities say there are at least five victims.

According to investigators, 43-year-old Michael Cripps dressed up as characters for parties as movie/book characters, including Mickey Mouse and SpongeBob.

The Delaware County DA says Cripps is accused of taking boys into his home as young as 5 years old and sexually assaulting them. According to investigators, it's been happening for close to a decade.

"He exploits these young boys. He sexually molests these young boys. He ruins these young boys lives," Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said.

Cripps is being held without bail.

If anyone believes their child was victimized, please call the District Attorney's Criminal Investigation Division's Child Abuse Unit, Det. Sgt. Robin Clark, at 610-891-4118.