A 43-year-old Santa Rosa man was arrested last week on suspicion of sexually assaulting his underage stepdaughters for two years, police said Monday.
Sonoma County Family, Youth and Children’s Services first reported the abuse to Santa Rosa police Jan. 3. Police said Bernabe Cuevas-Ramirez began abusing his 13-year-old stepdaughter in the summer of 2016. He was no longer living with his victims at the time of his arrest, police said.
The victim, who reported being fondled under her clothing, told police she believed her stepfather also abused her older sister.
The second victim, who is now an adult, told police Cuevas-Ramirez sexually assaulted her multiple times when she was 13. The abuse lasted about a year, police said.
Police said Cuevas-Ramirez later moved out of the residence and was living with another woman and her children. He was arrested Feb. 1 at the residence.
Police said several children at Cuevas-Ramirez’s current residence were interviewed but there were no indications of additional sexual abuse or assault.
Cuevas-Ramirez was booked into Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of committing two felony counts lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 and one felony count of continuous sexual abuse of a child.
Police ask that anyone with information about Cuevas-Ramirez call 707-543-4040.
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