Town Square

Post a New Topic

Accused child molester takes plea deal

Original post made on May 23, 2011

Michael Bareno, a 43-year-old San Ramon resident, molested three children between 2005 and 2009 in San Ramon. Bareno accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to one year in jail, with credit for 199 days already served, and five years on probation.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, May 23, 2011, 4:48 PM

Comments (8)

Posted by Lynda, a resident of Danville
on May 23, 2011 at 8:20 pm

I can't even begin to express how angry this makes me. He molested THREE CHILDREN (that we know of, so far) and he gets ONE YEAR in the county jail, with credit for 199 days already served WHILE ON PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE from his job as a SHERIFF'S DEPUTY? Taxpayers paid him to SERVE AND PROTECT, he should be held to a higher standard, not offered a plea deal that gets him out of having to register as a sex offender.

Posted by OutragedToo, a resident of Danville
on May 23, 2011 at 11:12 pm

3 felony counts and he's not required to register as a sex offender?! What a travesty of justice. Horrible.

Posted by cardinal, a resident of Diablo
on May 24, 2011 at 7:37 am

'Twould seem that either his lawyer was Clarence flippin' Darrow, or there must have been some serious flaws in the prosecution's case.

Anybody have any actual facts?

Posted by Sunny, a resident of Danville
on May 24, 2011 at 8:33 am

WOW. We need his mug so we can know to stay the hell away from him.

Posted by Danville Grandma, a resident of Danville
on May 24, 2011 at 9:26 am

Please find out WHY he doesn't have to register as a sex offender. It seems the world and this whole county and more specifically, this state has gone mad.

Posted by Derek, a resident of Danville
on May 24, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Wonder if things would be different if Bareno had not been with law enforcement? One of his victims was under ten years old, and this scumbag was not just flashing kids either - it was far more serious.
Paul Graves - you are worthless as a prosecutor. Ditto for the judge. Both of you should be flipping burgers. I hope next time Bareno goes after one of your kids Graves. Not a wonder you couldn't be reached for comment. You are a sad joke.
People still get longer sentences for selling prescription drugs.
Oh, and just curious - is Bareno now prohibited from carrying firearms?

Posted by Lynda, a resident of Danville
on May 24, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Because of the plea, he was convicted only of "felony child endangerment," which is why he doesn't have to register as a sex offender. In another article I read, the prosecutor cited the victims' ages (all under 10) as at least part of the reason for offering the deal. I've discovered that the judge did ask the children's mother if she objected to the deal, to which she replied "We accept the plea bargain because we believe it's in the best interests of the children to move forward." As a survivor, I think I can speak for the children that it would be in their best interests to nail the b*st*rd's wee bits to a tree.

Posted by Bella, a resident of Danville
on May 30, 2011 at 8:26 am

Jessica, big holes in this story. Maybe a do-over is in line?

If you were a member and logged in you could track comments from this story.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: *

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Understanding Early Decision in College Admissions
By Elizabeth LaScala | 1 comment | 2,231 views

New heights for NIMBYs
By Tim Hunt | 30 comments | 1,449 views

When those covering the news become the news
By Gina Channell-Allen | 1 comment | 966 views

Earthquake Insurance
By Roz Rogoff | 3 comments | 796 views

Merger of Music and Painting
By John A. Barry | 0 comments | 139 views