Albany Man Arrested After Molestation Reports

Raymond Anderson, 60, was arrested Wednesday, after a police investigation that began Sunday, on suspicion of molesting two children under age 14 from 1991 to 1992. Police say they believe there may be additional witnesses or victims.

Albany resident Raymond H. Anderson was arrested earlier this week on suspicion of molestations in 1991 and 1992 involving two children who were younger than 14. 

Anderson, a life-long city resident, is well-known in the community for running neighborhood institutions such as the and Christmas tree lot. He is a current  and is involved with several business and volunteerism organizations in Albany.

said police arrested Anderson, 60, on Wednesday at about 7 p.m. on suspicion of lewd acts with a child under 14, and continuous sexual abuse of a child. 

McQuiston said the investigation began "as a child welfare investigation at Anderson's Albany residence on Sunday." 

Police said reports surfaced in the past week about two different victims who were younger than 14 when the alleged incidents happened, from 1991 to 1992.

McQuiston said police believe there may be additional victims or witnesses who have not come forward, and asked anyone with relevant information to get in touch with the police department, at 510-525-7300.

According to the Alameda County Sheriff's Department inmate locator website, Anderson was still in custody Friday. As of Friday evening, he was being held at Santa Rita Jail with a bail of $500,000, reduced from $850,000. 

According to the sheriff's department, Anderson was scheduled to be arraigned Friday at 2 p.m. at the Wiley W. Manuel courthouse in Oakland.

A representative from the Alameda County district attorney's office has not been available for comment. 

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Dover March 05, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Update: After a multitude of postponements (6 or 7 that I know of) Ray was again scheduled to enter a plea this morning. He did not leave the jail and it appears that he is now in the Santa Rita Infirmary. I know he has diabetes. I also know that the food in SRJ is not designed for healthy people, let alone the chronically ill. Odd as might sound, he is actually lucky to have made it into the infirmary. Many inmates suffer without any medical assistance.
Dover March 07, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Ray is now out of the SRJ Infirmary and was once again scheduled to enter a plea this morning but it doesn't look like that happened as the Inmate Locator has not yet shown an update. His many friends have still not made any attempt to bail him out and considering the exact nature of the charges, it doesn't look too good for the future either.
Dover March 16, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Update: Ray is (once again) scheduled to enter a plea on Monday, March 19th, 9 am, Department 112, W.W. Manuel Courthouse, downtown Oakland. His dear (and oddly quiet) friends at the Lions Club have still not supplied an attorney so he is at the mercy of the Public Defender's office as well as the slowpokes who test DNA for the County.
El Payong April 20, 2012 at 11:04 PM
I Don't know this Ray personally but have seen him numerous times around my nieghborhood. He apparently had rented a house under his name but let others reside in it. What a great deed a person can do. On the other hand, I've seen him come and go from this residence with small children in tow that lived there with no car seat whatsover and he's supposed to be a Traffic & Safety Commish. Not gonna Judge but I hope & Pray that those children were not a victim of his Accusations.
Emilie Raguso September 27, 2012 at 10:47 AM
There's a new hearing scheduled for this case Friday. We've been told the defense attorney is trying to get the case dismissed. Story coming Friday.


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