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POSTED May 7, 2010 3:20 a.m.
Multiple counts of sexual abuse against children under the age of 14 has Mantecan Michael Albert Goldman in San Joaquin County Jail in lieu of a $1 million bond.

One of the incidents allegedly occurred in a 10-foot double-wide residential and surveillance trailer parked on the campus at Joshua Cowell School on Pestana Avenue, some 10 years ago.  The 40-year-old suspect’s parents keep watch on the school during nighttime hours.

Manteca Police Detective Steve Beermann said that none of the school children were involved in the sexual assaults.  Beerman said the suspect has already been through a preliminary hearing and is due to appear in court again on May 17 at the Stockton Courthouse.

Goldman is charged with three felonies that were first brought to light through a relative, now an adult, who reportedly said she had been sexually abused since she was a child.  He is charged with aggravated sexual assault, lewd acts upon a child and the continued sexual abuse of a child over a three-month period of time.

Detective Beerman said the man’s abuse first came to light in 2003 when a Southern California police agency took a report of past sexual activity, but the case was never followed up, he noted.  

Two of the incidents in the Central Valley occurred in Manteca and in the rural northwest area of Stanislaus County, he said. Neither of the victims now live in Manteca, he added.

Beerman said his department found there was another victim when police in Georgia called Manteca for assistance about inappropriate contact over the telephone with one of their citizens.  He added that the victims are all related.  

The Manteca detective learned of Goldman’s whereabouts and called Michigan authorities where officers went to the home of Goldman’s biological father and found him hiding in the attic.  He was subsequently returned to San Joaquin County.
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