Authorities today (Nov. 19) an arrest warrant had been issued for Michael Jackson in a child molestation case. "There is an arrest warrant for Michael Jackson," said senior Deputy Tim Gracey of the Sa

Authorities today (Nov. 19) an arrest warrant had been issued for Michael Jackson in a child molestation case. "There is an arrest warrant for Michael Jackson," said senior Deputy Tim Gracey of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department. Gracey said Jackson was in Las Vegas and authorities were negotiating with his lawyer for his surrender.

Gracey said the arrest warrant was for a violation of Section 288 of the California Penal Code -- which prohibits lewd or lascivious acts with a child under age 14.

He said further details would be released at an 11 a.m. PT press conference in Santa Barbara.

Yesterday's raid on the singer's Neverland Ranch was also linked to the allegation against the pop superstar, a Jackson family attorney said.

"We know that a search warrant was executed at Neverland Ranch early yesterday morning and that the warrant stated that it was in response to a complaint of a male child, 12 years old, who claims that there was sexual molestation that took place at Neverland Ranch," attorney Brian Oxman, who said he had represented the Jackson family for 14 years, told CBS' "The Early Show."

Oxman is not representing Michael Jackson, though he said he had spoken with members of Jackson's family.


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