Tally of charges against BSO deputy accused of sex abuse rises to 27
Until today, Deputy Jonathan Bleiweiss, 29, had been formally arrested on 22 charges stemming from two alleged victims with initials A.L. and O.J., said his defense attorney Eric Schwartzreich.
Today’s five new charges — three counts of armed false imprisonment and two counts of battery — are from yet another alleged victim, with initials M.C., Schwartzreich said.
Aside from A.L, O.J. and M.C., there are at least five other alleged victims, according to authorities. Charges against Bleiweiss in those other alleged attacks are pending.
Frustrated that he has so far received only initials to identify the alleged victims, Schwartzreich said: “The information we’re seeking shouldn’t be secret or clandestine. We’re entitled to know who our accusers are.”
Although Bleiweiss hasn’t yet had an opportunity to enter a plea on allegations from M.C., on Friday he pleaded not guilty to allegations from A.L. and O.J.
M.C. alleges Bleiweiss fondled him three times during traffic stops between August 2008 and April 22, an arrest report states.
A.L.’s accusations are alleged to have happened between April 23 and June 7. O.J.’s accusations are alleged to have occurred between April and May, Schwartzreich said.
The men are all undocumented immigrants and almost didn’t report the incidents because they feared reprisal, officials said.
Bleiweiss has been held at the Broward County Jail without bail since his arrest Aug. 3.