Posted by on February 6, 2018
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(by James Lanaras) – Santa Rosa officers last week arrested a man suspected of sexually assaulting his stepdaughter when she was under 13 years old in 2016, police said today.

Police became aware of the allegations on Jan. 3 and learned the stepfather was no longer living in the same residence as the girl, Sgt. Terry Anderson said.

The girl reported that her stepfather fondled her under her clothing and that her older sister, now an adult, also might have been molested for a year when she was 13 years old, Anderson said.

The stepfather moved out of the residence and was believed to be living with a different woman and her children, Anderson said.

On Thursday, detectives received information about the suspect’s new address and arrested him as he was getting into his car, according to Anderson.

Bernabe Cuevas-Ramirez, 43, of Santa Rosa, was booked into Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 and continuous sexual abuse of a child.

Children residing at Cuevas-Ramirez’s current address gave no indication of any sexual assaults occurring in their home, Anderson said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the police department’s domestic violence and sexual assault tip line at (707) 543-4040.