Groveland man suspected of molesting 4-year-old

beestaff@modbee.comMay 24, 2012 

Brandon Varner

Brandon Varner, a suspect in a child molestation case in Groveland. (May 24, 2012)

TUOLUMNE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPART

— Tuolumne County sheriff’s officials arrested a Groveland man on suspicion of molesting a 4-year-old girl.

Brandon Varner, 38, was charged with committing lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14, according to sheriff’s officials.

In an unrelated incident, Varner also had a warrant for his arrest for charges of driving under the influence and possessing marijuana while driving.

Sheriff’s officials said the victim’s mother on Monday reported the alleged molestation to authorities, saying she witnessed Varner sexually touching her daughter earlier that night.

The girl does not live with Varner.

Sheriff’s officials investigated the incident and found Varner at his home in the Pine Mountain Lake area of Groveland on Tuesday, when he was taken into custody.