Man accused of sex assaults on minor

Morro Bay police have booked a local man on 16 counts of alleged sexual abuse against a minor under 14 years of age, as well as on a burglary charge.

Adam Joseph Bearden, 28, is being held in County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail.

Officers arrested Bearden on Jan. 16 on suspicion of alleged burglary of more than $3,000 from a residential safe in Morro Bay. Police say they do not have information linking Bearden to other burglaries.

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

They booked him on the 16 felony sexual assault charges.

Morro Bay detectives say they are “working closely” with the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office and Child Welfare Services on filing additional charges.

Additional information, including Bearden’s home address, is being withheld by Morro Bay police out of respect for the victim’s family.