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Bowie man faces 18 years in prison for sexual abuse of minor


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Published on: Wednesday, June 12, 2013

By Jim Davis

A 52-year-old Bowie man convicted of sexually abusing a young boy faces up to 18 years in prison.

Michael Brochu was convicted of one count of second-degree sex offense, one count of sexual abuse of a minor and one count of unnatural and perverted practices, said Angela Alsobrooks, state’s attorney for Prince George’s County.

Brochu was indicted in August, after the victim said he was abused in 2011 and 2012 at Brochu’s home and a community pool in the Bowie area.

During the trial, the victim provided specific details into each incident. The victim’s mother testified that Brochu had been a trusted adult and her son had played with Brochu’s grandson at Brochu’s residence on a number of occasions

“This is a tremendous verdict for the Bowie community and the neighborhood where Mr. Brochu lived,” Alsobrooks said. “Mr. Brochu took advantage of the trust he had earned from the victim’s parents, and he abused it in the worst possible way. This family and this community has received justice and can now begin to heal.”

Brochu’s bond was revoked. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 2.

Brochu has two more cases pending on similar charges with different victims. Those cases are scheduled to take place in October and November.

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