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Early release parolee charged in South Ninth Street sexual assault
Brandon Brooks
Brandon Brooks

Stanislaus County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a 24-year-old transient and parolee after a woman reported that Initial 911 she was being held against her will after sexual assault in south Modesto.  

The alleged crime was reported to have taken place in the 500 block of S. Ninth Street in south Modesto late on Monday, May 16. Deputies were later dispatched to the same area the following morning at 10:32 a.m.  

Patrol deputies checked the area and located suspect Brandon Brooks and the alleged victim. The woman was taken to safety for an interview, while Brooks was detained and questioned.

Following the investigation, detectives arrested and booked Brooks into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on nine separate felony charges. They include domestic violence, forcible sodomy, battery against a person resulting in serious injury, false imprisonment, kidnapping for robbery or a sex crime, prior felony strike conviction, rape against person’s will by force or fear, oral copulation through the use of force or injury, and a parole revocation.

Brooks is being held on a no-bail status for revoking the terms and condition of his parole; however, the new law violations carry with them a combined bail in excess of $1 million. He will await his initial arraignment in Stanislaus County Superior Court.

Stanislaus County Sheriff Jeff Dirkse made a statement on social media, expressing outrage that Brooks was released from state prison early: “This guy should be in prison. He will be again soon. Today he was arrested for kidnapping, rape, sodomy and felony battery. None of this should have occurred because he should still be in prison. In 2019 he was sentenced to four years but was released early, preying on another victim. How many times does bad policy in our state have to victimize someone? I’m proud of the team for their dedication and professionalism today. Job well done!”

The criminal investigation is still ongoing and anyone with information is urged contact Detective Carranza at (209) 652-5843 with any new information or tips. Callers may remain anonymous by reaching out to Stanislaus County Area Crime Stoppers. Tipsters could be eligible for cash rewards.