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Arroyo Grande Police Department
Thursday April 15th, 2021 :: 03:16 p.m. PDT


Arroyo Grande Police Detectives arrest child molestation suspect.

In August of 2020, the Arroyo Grande Police Department began an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of a child that occurred in Arroyo Grande around 1990 involving Daniel Berenguer.
After an eight-month long investigation, a search warrant was served on the suspect’s residence in Goleta on 4/15/2021. He was arrested after a San Luis Obispo Judge issued a Ramey arrest warrant for the case.
Detectives have identified two victims, but believe there may be more. Berenguer is local to the Goleta/Santa Barbara area and coached girls’ basketball in the early 1990’s.
If you have any information regarding this investigation you are encouraged to contact Arroyo Grande Police Detective Jeff Smith at (805) 473-5122.
Berenguer was booked at the San Luis Obispo County for the following charges and is being held on $200,000 bail:

  • PC 288(b)(1) – Lewd acts with a child under 14
  • PC 287(c)(2)(B) – Forced oral copulation with a child under 14
  • PC 288.5(a) – Continuous sexual abuse of a child

Arroyo Grande Police Department
200 N Halcyon Rd
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 805-473-5100

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