Yesterday morning early, Jacqueline Vanbezooyen of Redway was arrested for facilitating the sexual abuse of a family member, a child under age 11 at the time of the alleged abuse.

Vanbezooyen, who had provided child care services in Mendocino for many years, was taken to the Mendocino County jail. Mendocino detectives do not, however, believe that other children have been abused.  At this point, detectives believe that the sexual abuse was isolated to Vanbezooyen’s family member.

This is the third child molestation case in two days to come out of Mendocino County. (See bottom of the post for links.)

Mendocino Sheriff’s Department Press Release:

In February of 2014, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Detectives with assistance from the Willits Police Department, Yuba City Police Department, and Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office opened a joint investigation related to the sexual abuse of a child.

Sheriff’s Detectives learned that from 2005 to 2006, Jacqueline Vanbezooyen had allowed and even facilitated the sexual abuse of a family member, under the age of 11. The sexual abuse was alleged to have occurred in the jurisdiction of the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and the Willits Police Department.

Sheriff’s Detectives learned that Vanbezooyen’s boyfriend at the time, Charles Griswould, had been allowed to sexually abuse Vanbezooyen’s family member while Vanbezooyen performed sex acts on Griswould.

On 3-13-14 at 1000 hours Sheriff’s Detectives took Vanbezooyen into custody after obtaining a warrant for her arrest. She was booked into the Mendocino County Jail on two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a minor and a single count of child endangerment. Vanbezooyen’s bail was set at $400,000.

During the course of this investigation Sheriff’s Detectives learned that Griswould had moved to Spring City Utah years earlier. Sheriff’s Detectives coordinated with the Sanpete/Juab County Major Crimes Task Force to execute a search warrant on Griswould’s residence.

On 3-13-14 at 2000 hours (Mountain Time) investigators from the Sanpete/Juab County Major Crimes Task Force took Griswould into custody on an active warrant for his arrest out of Mendocino County. The charges on the warrant included two counts of continuous abuse of a child with a bail of $400,000.

Griswould was booked into the jail in Manti Utah where he will await extradition to Mendocino County.

Sheriff’s Detectives learned during this investigation that Vanbezooyen had spent many years providing daycare services in Mendocino County. Thus far it is believed that the sexual abuse was isolated to the family member.

Anyone with additional information into this case is asked to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office at (707)234-2100.

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