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A lieutenant with the Miami-Dade Police Department allegedly molested his own relative for two years, starting from when she was 8 years old.
Braulio Gonzalez, 44, was arrested on Thursday and charged with four counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child under 12 and one count of armed kidnapping of a child, according to a police report obtained by Oxygen.com.
Gonzalez is a member of the department's Special Response Team, which handles high-risk operations like hostage situations, high-risk fugitive captures and hijackings. Gonzalez has been with the Miami-Dade police department since August 16, 1999, according to a department spokesperson.
Miami-Dade Police Department Director Juan J. Perez expressed his disappointment at Gonzalez and the arrest.
“Today, as a result of an ongoing investigation, detectives from our Special Victims Bureau arrested a member of our agency. To say that I am shocked and disturbed at these serious allegations is an understatement," he said in a statement. "As I have said before, no one is above the law and I offer the victim in the case, my assurance of our commitment to a thorough investigation.”
On September 5, the victim in the case told her psychologist that Gonzalez molested her from 2011 to 2013, according to the report. Gonzalez and the victim are family members; although the arrest report does not disclose the exact nature of their relationship, Gonzalez and the victim have also not been in contact for the past five years, the report said.
On September 11, police interviewed the victim. She told them that Gonzalez would touch her breasts, buttocks, and vagina over and under her clothing, starting from when she was 8 years old.
One time, the report said, Gonzalez woke her up in the middle of the night and pointed a gun at her head. He told her if she didn't come with him, he would kill the person who was sleeping in the same bedroom with her (the report does not specify who the other person is).
She complied, she told police, and when they got into the other bedroom she lay down on the bed and Gonzalez molested her, touching her all over her body. This continued for two years. When she was 10, she said Gonzalez would repeatedly grab her hands and force her to touch his penis.
State Attorney for Miami-Dade County Katherine Fernandez Rundle said the arrest proves that no one—not even law enforcement officials—can escape the law.
"These are extremely serious allegations involving the victimization of a vulnerable child. The charges represent a breach of trust by a law enforcement officer who has sworn to protect the community and uphold the law," she said in a statement. "All victims of sexual crimes should feel confident that their voices will be heard and the alleged crimes against them will be investigated. No one is ever above the law."
A spokesperson for the State Attorney's office told Oxygen.com that Gonzalez was not eligible to get bonded out during his first appearance in court on Friday, because his charges are non-bondable by law. He'll have a special hearing at a future date to determine whether he'll be eligible for release.
[Photo: Miami-Dade Police Department]
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