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Paul Eugene Breer

Paul Eugene Breer

CARBONDALE, Colo. – A retired sociology professor from Cornell University has been arrested in Colorado on charges of incest and sexual assault on a child.

Paul Eugene Breer, 81, who lives near Carbondale, was taken into custody Monday by Chaffee County and Eagle County sheriff’s deputies, officials said.

He was being held on $100,000 bond in the Eagle County jail.

“Deputies seized several computers and other electronic devices from the house after the arrest,” the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “They will be sent to an independent agency for forensic analysis.”

Details of the alleged crime were not released.

According to his website, Breer is a retired Cornell University sociology professor who has worked as a researcher at Harvard School of Public Health and as a consultant for Dartmouth College Medical School.

He has published several novels and non-fiction books, and has composed numerous musical works.

“Authorities have reason to suspect that other persons have been victimized by Breer and are actively attempting to identify them,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 719-530-5729.

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