An Oakland man has been arrested on child sex offenses that date back more than a decade.

Sheriff Dale Lancaster said Raymond Brickett, 65, of Oakland, is charged with gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact against a male juvenile between the years of 2002 and 2009.

Lancaster said the sheriff’s office received a complaint on Christmas Day reporting the assaults.

The victim, who is now an adult, reported a family member had sexually assaulted him when he was between the ages of 7 and 14.

On Dec. 26, the case was assigned to Detective Jeremy Leal.

“Over the course of the continuing investigation, Detective Leal gathered critical information, which supported the victim’s claim of the previous repeated sexual assault over the course of seven years,” Lancaster said in a news release.


Leal identified Brickett as the person that allegedly committed the crimes.

After a meeting with the Somerset County District Attorney’s Office, it was determined that there was sufficient probable cause to apply for an arrest warrant for Brickett on a class A charge of gross sexual assault and a class B charge of unlawful sexual contact, Lancaster said.

On Thursday, the Oakland Police Department arrested Brickett on the warrant without incident. Brickett was transferred to the Somerset County Jail.

He made his initial court appearance on Friday, Lancaster said. Bail was set at $50,000 cash with conditions of no contact with children under the age of 18; not to be within 1,000 feet of schools, parks or playgrounds; and a curfew from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. As of Monday, Brickett was still at the Somerset County Jail in East Madison.

Once the case is reviewed by the District Attorney’s Office, further charges may be brought forward, the sheriff said.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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