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2 women, 1 man arrested in disturbing case of sexual abuse of 12-year-old California girl

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Two more arrested in sexual assault of 12-year-old girl in Fresno
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The Fresno County Sheriff's Department arrested two more people on Thursday in connection to the sexual abuse of a child.

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It started Wednesday when deputies arrested 41-year-old Brent Cox.

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Cox is accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in Fresno.

Cox was arrested leaving Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company where he was employed. 

During an investigation, detectives say they found evidence confirming the girl had been sexually assaulted by Cox many times over the course of several months.

Detectives say Cox had been grooming the girl so he could take advantage of her sexually.

Cox has been booked into the Fresno County Jail and faces multiple felony charges related to sexual assault of a minor and intimidating or dissuading a victim.

He is not eligible for bail.

On Thursday, deputies arrested Brent Cox's wife, Jill Cox, and girlfriend, Tammy Schreiner, who is the mother of the victim.

They were arrested at a home on  E Princeton Ave. near Blackstone and Shields in Fresno.

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Police say all three adults claim to be in an open sexual relationship.

According to the sheriff's office, both Jill and Schreiner will be charged with conspiracy to commit ongoing sexual acts against a child.

"It is very unique for us to charge a conspiracy charge and especially in an ongoing sexual abuse case," said Fresno County Sheriff's Lt. Brandon Pursell, "That, if nothing else, speaks to how egregious this case is, there's a lot of the details that are just too horrific to really discuss."

Lt. Pursell says the conspiracy charges show involvement.

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"In this case that's exactly what was happening with these females," said Lt. Pursell, "They knowingly participated and they knowingly engaged in this."

Investigators believe they've caught everyone involved and they don't think there are any other victims.

"We believe that there's been a grooming that's been taking place of our victim for months," said Lt. Pursell, "We have information going back to you as early as May when this is started."

About a week ago, the Sheriff's Office said it received information about the potential sexual assault and abuse of a 12-year-old girl.

At that point, officers became involved and began collecting evidence.

Since then, the Sheriff's Office was able to remove the child from the situation.

"The victims' mother is aware of it, she is in custody," said Lt. Pursell.

"We have a lot of forensic evidence," said Lt. Pursell, "We do have evidence that is photographic, we have video evidence that was taken by our suspects."

The Sheriff's Office says there are tens of thousands of images to go through and that the abuse took place at different locations.

"We know that harmful matter was sent to a child, we know that it was sent of a child, and we know that it's been on-going," said Lt. Pursell.

The Sheriff's office said that at least two of the three suspects in custody will also be charged with child abuse and child endangerment.

"Their horrific actions with this child are what are going to put them in jail and hopefully keep them in jail for a long time," said Lt. Pursell.

The Sheriff's Office said it's rare for a report of abuse to come from someone outside the household, and in this case, everyone inside the home was participating.

The Sheriff's Office said none of this would have come to light had an outside source not tipped them off.

Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to please contact Sergeant Chad Stokes at (559) 600-8144 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867, www.valleycrimestoppers.org. 

You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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