An 82-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday and was sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting three girls he is related to as well as a dog in Westminster.

Clemens Thomas Brzoznowski Jr. pleaded guilty to three felony counts of forcible lewd act on a child and three felony counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a minor younger than 14 as well as a misdemeanor count of sexual contact with an animal, according to court records.

Brzoznowski was charged last year with 18 felony counts of sex acts against the girls from April 2004 through May 2007, according to court records. He also faced sentence-enhancement allegations for multiple victims and substantial sexual conduct with a child.

“Clemens Thomas Brzoznowski has victimized several young children in his family over a period of several years,” Westminster Police Department Detective Paul Walker said in court papers asking for a higher bail.

“He has family in … Peru and as such, pose(s) a risk of fleeing prosecution. Additionally, the victims in this case have lived in fear of Brzoznowski for several years. Now that he is in custody, they believe he will retaliate against them for reporting his crimes if he is released.”

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