Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy Charged With Child Molesation

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SAN RAMON (AP) – An Alameda County sheriff’s deputy has been charged with molesting three children.

Michael Bareno of San Ramon was arraigned on 10 counts of child molestation on Wednesday in Contra Costa County. The 43-year-old Bareno did not enter a plea and was referred to the public defender’s office for counsel.

Bareno is accused of molesting a girl and two boys—all under the age of 10 — while off-duty between 2005 and 2009. Authorities did not reveal additional details about the case citing efforts to protect the victims’ identities.

Alameda County sheriff’s officials say Bareno, a 15-year veteran, worked in the patrol division before taking up a position at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. He was placed on paid administrative leave after his arrest on Friday and is being held on $4.6 million bail at Contra Costa County Jail.

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APTV-11-11-10 0541PST

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