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A Bowie man who was released on bond after being charged with multiple child sex offenses earlier this month is back in jail on charges that he allegedly sexually assaulted a fourth child victim from June through August 2011.

Prince George’s County Police re-arrested Michael Brochu of the 3900 block of Croydon Lane on Monday on charges of second-degree assault, and sex offense in the third and fourth degree against a 11-year-old boy. The boy and his family came forward with the allegations of sexual abuse in August after news reports of Brochu’s other sex offense charges, said Officer First Class Iris Acosta, a county police spokeswoman.

He was ordered to be held by the Department of Corrections on a $350,000 bond, said county State’s Attorney’s Office spokesman John Erzen.

In Brochu’s latest case, no defense attorney was listed in Prince George’s County District Court online records.

In one of his prior cases, court records show he is represented by Anne Gold-Rand of the assistant public defender’s office’s felony division. She said she was not the specific attorney representing Brochu and declined to comment on the case.

Brochu’s incarceration comes after a new warrant for his arrest was issued Friday.

This is the third time this month Brochu has been arrested and jailed on charges alleging he molested children.

County police were made aware of Brochu’s alleged sex abuse on June 25, when the mother of a 6-year-old boy first reported to Bowie City Police that her son was assaulted, said Capt. Genia Reeves, an assistant commander in PGPD’s special crimes section. County police didn’t opt to charge Brochu until the parent of another boy, an 8-year-old, came forward to report that the child was abused as well, Reeves said.

Brochu was first arrested Aug. 4 after initially being charged by county police with perverted practice, sexual abuse of a minor and committing a sex offense in the fourth degree, said Cpl. Larry Johnson, a county police spokesman.

After posting a $200,000 bail, Brochu initially was released Aug. 7. As the investigation continued, new warrants were issued for his arrest. He was arrested again after turning himself in Aug. 8, county officials said.

County police allege Brochu also sexually abused a 10-year-old boy, a family friend who was visiting Brochu, between April 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. In that case, police charged Brochu with sex abuse of a minor, third-degree sex offense and second-degree assault.

After posting a $50,000 bail, Brochu was released Aug. 17 in part due to the fact that he turned himself in, said Erzen. As a condition of his release, he was only allowed to travel between work and home, Erzen said.

The back and forth nature of Brochu receiving charges, being held by authorities and ultimately being released bothered Matt Baker, president of the Parent Teacher and Student Organization at Samuel Ogle Middle School. The school is less than a mile away from Brochu’s residence.

“Those people belong behind bars or worse,” Baker said. “I don’t like them at large.”

The recent sex abuse case has become a topic of conversation among some parents at the school, Baker said. The PTSO will most likely have a meeting later this year, which will use Brochu’s case to talk about the dangers of child predators, Baker said.

Erzen said in sex offender cases where the suspect is released on bond, there is no immediate risk to the community where the suspect lives, but noted that residents should pay attention to the sex offender registry, know who lives in their neighborhood and keep their eyes open.

“The community has been great in this case,” he said. “They’ve voiced their concerns and been great at making sure we’re aware of everything they’re seeing.”

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