SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. - An Atascadero man has been convicted of 20 felony counts of crimes against children.
A San Luis Obispo County jury found 59 year-old Jess Drue Brasuell III guilty of felony counts, including multiple sex crimes on four child victims, possession of child pornography, and providing narcotic drugs to minors.
District Attorney Dan Dow made the announcement today after a weekslong jury trial.
The conviction was the result of Brasuell’s sexual misconduct with four girls between the ages of 15 and 17. Brasuell was 56 years old at the time.
“We thank the jury for serving during this pandemic and for their efforts listening to this tragic and emotional case,” said District Attorney Dan Dow. “All of this sexual predators' victims demonstrated remarkable courage by reporting the crimes and participating in the criminal justice process necessary to bring this predator to justice. These convictions should encourage all victims of sexual assault to report the crimes to law enforcement so that the perpetrators can be held accountable.”
Sentencing is scheduled for September 30 in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.
Brasuell faces years in state prison for his convictions. The District Attorney's Office said it will seek the maximum sentence.
The case was investigated by the Atascadero Police Department with the assistance from the District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation.