Friday, June 12, 2009

Branden Yamamoto Arrested for Sexual Assault on 13-Year-Old

A 19-year-old man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sexual assault on a child and harboring a minor after authorities said they found a missing 13-year-old girl at his home, according to Lafayette police Sgt. Gene McCausey.

Branden Yamamoto was booked into the Boulder County Jail at 8:35 a.m. after he admitted to having sex with the 13-year-old runaway, McCausey said. The girl's mother called police the previous evening and said she thought her daughter was with Yamamoto, McCausey said.

When police found the girl with him, McCausey said, she denied any sexual contact, but Yamamoto admitted to "knowing her age and said they did have sexual contact," McCausey said.

Although the girl is not old enough to give legal consent, McCausey said, the two were in a relationship and the sex was consensual. They met in the community, not at school, he said.

Yamamoto doesn't have a criminal history in Colorado, according to court records. He left jail late Thursday after posting bond.

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