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Brochu convicted of sexually abusing boy at public pool

A Bowie man was found guilty Wednesday of sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy at a public pool in Maryland — the last of three child sex abuse trials the 54-year-old has faced in the last year and a half.

A Prince George’s County jury convicted Michael David Brochu on three counts of third-degree sex offenses for molesting the boy at the Whitehall Pool and Tennis Club.

The boy, now 14 years old, testified Monday that Brochu offered him a bar of soap while in the showers of the public pool and then touched him in his “private area” in the summer of 2011. The abuse occurred in the showers between June and August of 2011, he said.

“I was hoping he wasn’t in there,” said the boy, who would spend almost every day at the public pool during summer breaks.

State prosecutors and police said the boy would receive money from Brochu after some of the encounters — between 75 cents to $1.75 — and “used the money to buy snacks at the Whitehall pool snackbar.”

Michael Brochu (Prince George's Police)

James N. Papirmeister, the attorney representing Brochu, told the jury his client “vehemently denies” the allegations and worried that proof was “startlingly absent in this case.”

The boy told his great-grandmother about the incidents about a year after they occurred, police said.

His great-grandmother said she knew something was wrong when he wouldn’t sleep in his own room and asked to spend the night with her.

“He was restless for a long time” that night, she testified. “Then he started crying.”

Last year, juries convicted Brochu in two separate child sex abuse cases involving his neighbor’s children, who also called him their godfather. The children were in Brochu’s home and car in 2011 and 2012. Brochu faced 30 charges of child abuse and other related sex offenses over the course of the three trials. He was also convicted of child sex abuse in Howard County in the early 1980s.

Judge Krystal Q. Alves sentenced Brochu to more than 81 years in prison for the first two Prince George’s cases and called him a “predatory pedophile.” Brochu now faces up to 30 years more for the case at the Bowie pool and is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 9.

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Lynh Bui is a Prince George's County public safety reporter and former Montgomery County education reporter.

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