Sheriff's Deputy charged with child molestation in San Ramon


A veteran Alameda County Sheriff's deputy was charged Tuesday in Contra Costa County with 10 counts of child molestation in San Ramon, prosecutor Paul Graves said today.

Michael Bareno, a 43-year-old San Ramon resident, allegedly molested three children between 2005 and 2009 in San Ramon.

He was arrested Friday by San Ramon police and charged Tuesday with four counts of sexual activity with a child under 10 years old and six counts of lewd acts on a child under 14, Graves said.

He was arraigned Tuesday but did not enter a plea and is currently being held at county jail in Martinez on $4.6 million bail.

Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. J.D. Nelson confirmed that Bareno had worked as a deputy at the Santa Rita Jail and had been with the sheriff's office for at least 10 years.

As soon as he was arrested, he was placed on paid administrative leave while the sheriff's office conducts its own investigation into the case, Nelson said.

Bareno is scheduled to return to court Nov. 18 to enter a plea, Graves said.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on Nov 11, 2010 at 7:39 am

Paid administrative leave...that is one of CA's problems. Let him go, then investigate. He can always be rehired if he is innocent. We are all paying his salary and he chose this kind of job.

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Posted by Greg
a resident of Danville
on Nov 11, 2010 at 7:48 am

I agree with Marie but then with our lax system, he hires an attorney, beats the system and we end up with an unjust firing suit. God bless America!

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Posted by Barb
a resident of Danville
on Nov 11, 2010 at 8:22 am

As parents, we need to do more to protect our children. This makes me sick to read the ages of the children involved and this is something they will always carry with them.

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Posted by Alamo Resident
a resident of Alamo
on Nov 11, 2010 at 2:22 pm

These are the people we are supposed to trust???? As I learned a long time ago -- TRUST NO ONE!

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on Nov 11, 2010 at 10:09 pm

You are right, it is a sad world. We can’t trust police, priest, teachers, cub scout leaders, nor religious school teachers. It’s crazy! There is no place 100% safe!

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Posted by Danville resident
a resident of Danville
on Nov 14, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Marie & Greg, you will never have to worry about serving jury duty. Guilty till proven innocent--have I got that right. If you're ever arrested I hope you're each others judges.

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on Nov 16, 2010 at 11:37 am

You are way off "Danville resident"!

Children come first, not matter what!

If he is innocent, you can reimburse his wages. Like Greg said, our legal system is so weak he'll probably get paid whether he is guilty or not.

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on Nov 16, 2010 at 11:39 am

Sorry for the typo, I meant "Children come first, NO matter what!".

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of another community
on Dec 5, 2010 at 9:10 pm

I can't tell you how tickled I am to know that this guy is going to prison for a long time. If he is placed with the general prison population, he will be raped several times a day. If he is isolated from others and put in the company of other molesters, he will still get raped!

tee hee hee, tee hee hee...what goes around comes around...

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Posted by Follow the masses.
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 18, 2010 at 4:46 pm

This man is innocent. His job and life destroyed before even being tried. Shame in sell of you. This just proves that all you need to destroy someone is an accusation. Let the meteorites do the rest.

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