EL GRANADA (CBS SF) — A Peninsula man was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting an 11-year-old child he was babysitting, authorities said Wednesday.
The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office said detectives began investigating the case on August 2 which involved the child being assaulted on three separate occasions by a family friend.READ MORE: Oakland Ties 2020 Homicide Total in First 9 Months of 2021
The suspect was identified as 35-year-old Michael Banister of El Granada. The sheriff’s office said the assaults took place near his home while he was babysitting the child.READ MORE: Advocates for Immigrant Rights March From Santa Rosa to Healdsburg
On Tuesday, a $500,000 warrant was issued for Banister’s arrest and he was taken into custody. Banister was charged with three counts of lewd acts with a child under 14 years old as well as possession of a controlled substance.
The sheriff’s office said Banister has a lengthy criminal history in Oregon and had moved to the coastal community of El Granada within the past two years.MORE NEWS: Pelosi Expects House to Pass Infrastructure Bill This Week
Anyone with information about the suspect was asked to contact Detective J. Fava at 650-363-4192 or email email@example.com.