Police arrest Clearlake man on sex abuse allegations; additional victims sought

Thursday, 11 April 2013 16:53 Lake County News reports
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CLEARLAKE, Calif. – A Clearlake man has been arrested for his alleged sexual abuse of several young victims, with police reporting that the investigation covered acts that allegedly were committed over decades.

Daniel Brazil Sr., 64, was arrested on Thursday, according to Sgt. Nick Bennett of the Clearlake Police Department.

Brazil is charged with three counts of committing lewd and lascivious acts on a child, and two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, according to Bennett.

In June 2012 the Clearlake Police Department was notified of allegations of sexual assaults that had occurred several years prior. The victims were young children at the time of the assaults, Bennett said.

He said Det. Ryan Peterson was assigned to investigate the case.

After months of contacting and interviewing involved parties – including victims, witnesses, relatives and out-of-state law enforcement authorities – Peterson was able to present a case to the Lake County District Attorney’s Office for a criminal complaint against Brazil, Bennett said.

Bennett said Clearlake Police detectives arrested Brazil on Thursday on a felony warrant issued by the Lake County Superior Court.

Brazil is being held on $550,000 bail, Bennett said.

Bennett said the investigation into the acts committed by Brazil covered several decades, and detectives believe there may be other victims who are reluctant to come forward.  

Anyone with any information regarding this case can contact Det. Peterson at the Clearlake Police Department by calling 707-994-8251, Extension 320.

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