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Menlo Park man sentenced for child abuse

Editor's Note: The story below has been modified to correct errors in describing the offense to which the defendant pleaded no-contest and a provision of the probation.

A Menlo Park man was sentenced to eight months in county jail and other penalties on April 4 in San Mateo County Superior Court after having pleaded no-contest in January to one count of child abuse involving his 15-year-old daughter, according to report from District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe's office.

Rasheed Brooks, 37, was ordered directly to jail, said prosecutors, who had asked for a one-year jail sentence. He had been out of custody on $50,000 bail and received credit for one day served from Criminal Presiding Judge Craig Parsons.

Mr. Brooks' attorney has not yet responded to a request for an interview.

After he is released, Mr. Brooks will be subject to one year of child-abuse counseling and three years probation, prosecutors said.

He will have lost his Fourth Amendment rights regarding search and seizure by police. Contact with his daughter is forbidden, as is the use of alcohol and/or drugs and he must undergo periodic testing for substance abuse, register his DNA and pay fines totaling $310, prosecutors said.

Over the year after his daughter moved in with him in August 2009, Mr. Brooks engaged in "inappropriate behavior" with his daughter and his wife, prosecutors said. Among the behaviors: having his daughter remove her clothing so he could examine her skin, forbidding his wife and daughter from wearing pants in the house, slapping them on the buttocks, invading his daughter's privacy while she was showering, and making her watch sexually explicit movies with him, prosecutors said.

In August 2010, Mr. Brooks struck his daughter 25 to 30 times with a belt, leaving "extensive bruising," and when she tried to get away by climbing out a window, he dragged her back in the house, prosecutors said.

These crimes came to light several days after the beating when the daughter called her mother, who brought her to the police station.

In Mr. Brooks' defense, his attorney Kevin Allen said that his client had been disciplined with a belt when he was growing up, prosecutors said.

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Posted by Joanne
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Apr 7, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I don't think that reporting on this, with names and details is appropriate for the Almanac. While I don't care so much about the privacy of the perpetrator, his daughter and wife deserve some consideration. It looks as if they have gone through enough. Printing such details in the paper probably so that others can see what they have endured just adds to the trauma that they have experienced.


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Posted by 0 Tolerance
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm

I disagree. For those who have been on the wrong end of a perp, it is a relief (and empowering) to know both who this person is and that he is being prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

I would hope to see the same sort of information posted regarding the article posted yesterday (4/10) by Ms. Brundage: "When Background Checks Miss the Mark."

Particularly since this is a person teaching children.
Failing to share this information makes it easier for the perp to get a new assignment around children, elsewhere. Think: Catholic Church.

You can't cure a pedophile, but you can profoundly limit his access to children. There should be no protection for people like this.


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