Local man charged with sex offenses against second minor

Officials identify a second victim who alleges sex crimes; man, 28, faces 39 counts of sex offenses

nwilson@thetribunenews.comApril 13, 2012 

New charges have been filed against a 28-year-old man accused of molesting a minor in Morro Bay.

A second minor victim of sex crimes allegedly perpetrated by Adam Joseph Bearden has been identified by the District Attorney’s Office.

Deputy District Attorney Dan Dow recently filed six new charges against Bearden in San Luis Obispo Superior Court relating to the more recently discovered victim.

Bearden now faces a combined 39 counts of sex offenses against children.

He has also been charged with two counts of child endangerment involving kids who weren’t allegedly abused.

If convicted of all charges, Bearden could face a sentence of more than 100 years to life in prison.

Bearden has pleaded not guilty to the initial case of more than 30 sex-offense charges involving a female who was younger than 14.

That alleged abuse of the first victim took place from April 29, 2008, to April 28, 2009, according to Dow’s filing.

Bearden awaits arraignment on the six new charges relating to a teenage girl.

Those alleged crimes took place between June 1, 2009, and Dec. 28, 2010, according to Dow. The girl is now 17.

According to the DA’s Office, Bearden was in a position of trust with the children.

Officers arrested Bearden on Jan. 16 on suspicion of alleged burglary of more than $3,000 from a residential safe in Morro Bay.

While Bearden was in jail, police investigated a separate report alleging that he committed ongoing sex crimes against a female younger than 14.

They initially booked him on 16 felony sexual assault charges, but that number jumped to 33 counts of sex offenses after further investigation.

Bearden is scheduled to appear in court April 30 for a further arraignment in his new case and a pre-preliminary hearing in the older case.

Bearden remains in County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail, according to the County Jail’s website.

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