PALMER PARK, Md. (WUSA)--We have chilling new details about a suspected serial child sex offender, and police fear there may be more victims.
52 year-old Michael Brochu of Bowie was re-arrested after he allegedly committed more sex offenses against children after posting bond twice for earlier arrests.
Brochu has a history of child sex offenses dating back to the 1980s. In 1983, a Howard County judge sentenced him to five years in prison, but then suspended the entire sentence.
Brochu is now under investigation for the alleged sexual abuse of four children.
"The victims are young boys and they range from age six to 11 years old," said Sgt. Sonya Rorls of the Prince George's County Police Department.
Brochu allegedly molested the boys in his home and at a community pool in Bowie. One victim told police Brochu would fondle him in the shower at the pool, and give him 75 cents to $1.75 after each encounter. The boy told police he'd use that money to buy treats at the snack bar.
"Some were in his care. Others, for example, this 11 year-old, the recent arrest, he did not know this individual," said Sgt. Rorls.
In fact, Brochu had been arrested twice this month for allegedly molesting children and posted bond both times. He was re-arrested last week after the 11 year-old came forward.
At Brochu's Bowie home, his wife and adult daughter declined an interview, but confirmed Brochu is behind bars. Meantime, police fear other children may have been molested.
"We possibly have more young victims out there and we want them to come forward. We're here to help them," said Sgt. Rorls.
What is especially disturbing is that in 1983, in Howard County, Brochu pleaded guilty to two counts of sexually abusing children in his care. The arrest record reveals that he was in the Air Force at the time, based at Fort Meade in Maryland.
Brochu is not listed in the Maryland sex offender registry, likely because his earlier convictions date back to the 1980s and the registry didn't become available to the public until 1996.
Written by Andrea McCarren
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