A Miami-Dade police lieutenant was arrested Thursday on accusations that he molested a girl over the course of two years, authorities confirmed.
The lieutenant was identified by police as Braulio Gonzalez, who is a 19-year veteran of the Police Department. "Today, as a result of an ongoing investigation, detectives from our Special Victims Bureau arrested a member of our agency. To say that I am shocked and disturbed at these serious allegations is an understatement," Miami-Dade Police Director Juan J. Perez said in a statement. "As I have said before, no one is above the law, and I offer the victim in the case my assurance of our commitment to a thorough investigation." According to an arrest warrant, the child has not been around Gonzalez, 44, for five years. During the time she was around the suspect, he was verbally and physically abusive toward her, authorities said.
Police said the victim disclosed to her psychologist Sept. 5 that Gonzalez touched her inappropriately from 2011 to 2013, when she was between the ages of 8 and 10.