[UPDATE Friday] Man Arrested in Garberville for Sexual Offenses Involving a Child

A man was arrested this afternoon on sex offender charges in downtown Garberville. [Photo by Talia Rose]

A man was arrested this afternoon on sex offender charges in downtown Garberville. [Crop of a photo by Talia Rose]

Today, just before 4 p.m., a man was arrested on charges related to sexual offenses in Garberville. Michael Thomas Franco, age 37 of Los Angeles, who has previous charges related to lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years old, was taken into custody and his vehicle towed from the 700 block of Redwood Drive.

Sgt. Sam Williams, the new sergeant in charge of Southern Humboldt, said that he can confirm that Franco is being arrested today for sexual offenses towards a child.

The man's vehicle was towed.

The man’s vehicle was towed. [Photo by Talia Rose]

UPDATE Friday: According to the Humboldt County Jail Report, Franco is being charged with

288.5. (a) Any person who either resides in the same home with the minor child or has recurring access to the child, who over a period of time, not less than three months in duration, engages in three or more acts of substantial sexual conduct with a child under the age of 14 years at the time of the commission of the offense, as defined in subdivision (b) of Section 1203.066, or three or more acts of lewd or lascivious conduct, as defined in Section 288, with a child under the age of 14 years at the time of the commission of the offense is guilty of the offense of continuous sexual abuse of a child and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for a term of 6, 12, or 16 years.288.5.”

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