Community leader arrested on sex abuse charges

Leo Bravo, an influential leader in Cache Valley’s Hispanic community, was arrested this week on two charges of forcible sex abuse. Bravo, the 61-year-old director of the Multicultural Center of Cache Valley, is accused of taking unwanted liberties with a female client of the Multicultural Center when she visited him for assistance in finding legal help, police say. The two charges of forcible sex abuse filed against Bravo were both second-degree felonies. According to a statement released by the Logan Police Department Tuesday night, Bravo touched the woman “in inappropriate areas when she felt vulnerable as a result of her need of assistance from Bravo’s business.” The Multicultural Center of Cache Valley received non-profit status in 1995 and has assisted hundreds of minorities with integration into American and Utah life, according to the center’s Web site. Bravo was a key figure in the community following a 2006 Immigrations and Customs Enforcement raid of the E.A. Miller/Swift plant in Hyrum, and that year he was named as the “Cache Valley Resident of the Year” by a local newspaper. Police say the case is still under investigation and if anyone feels they have been a victim or has additional information to report, they are asked to contact investigators at 716-9300.

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