Crime

Sex offender living in Stanislaus, working as youth minister, arrested in San Joaquin

Raymond Leon Brau
Raymond Leon Brau

A high-risk sex offender living in Stanislaus County escaped arrest in a San Joaquin County undercover operation last week, only to be caught Tuesday.

Raymond Leon Brau, who also goes by Raymond Thiago and Raymond Thiago-Brau, was out of compliance with sex-offender registry requirements and was working as a youth minister at a Stanislaus County church, the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office posted on its Facebook page Tuesday afternoon.

“He is also the 19th sex offender who solicited sex with a minor and was contacted for arrest on April 19 during an undercover operation,” the Sheriff’s Office reported. Brau fled the scene Friday and, in doing so, almost struck the Lathrop Police Services acting chief with his vehicle.

Brau was located and arrested Tuesday. He was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, arranging to meet with a minor, assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, and failing to register as a sex offender.

The Bee has reached out to San Joaquin and Stanislaus law enforcement officials, but information was not available Wednesday on where Brau lives in Stanislaus County, where he is serving as a youth minister and what, if any, crimes he has been convicted of or is suspected of in Stanislaus County.

The California Megan’s Law website states that Brau is in violation and lists his last known city of residence as Modesto. It lists his offenses as sexual battery (touching a person intimately against their will for purposes of sexual arousal), annoying or molesting a child under 18, and indecent exposure. It does not say where the offenses occurred.

A search of Stanislaus County court records for Brau showed only traffic violations.

In a biography of Brau on the music website OffTheAve.com, he goes by The Dean. “My name is Raymond Thiago,” it reads. “I started out as the rap name Roper in Las Vegas, NV, and moved back to my hometown of Sacramento, Ca, a few years after. As a newly defined man of God in 2011, I decided to give up the secular world of rap but still had my heart embedded in the culture of hip-hop.”

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