A California pastor accused of forcing his way into a hotel room and sexually assaulting one of two young girls under the age of 13 who were visiting from China, says he was just at the “wrong place at the wrong time” after surveillance video showed him lurking around at the hotel prior to the attack.
The Covina Police Department alleged in a release last Wednesday that Pastor Douglas Rivera, 40, of Gods Gypsy Christian Church in Los Angeles was the prime suspect in the attack on the minors but he denied any involvement while he was on the lam a few days after the attack.
“I did not do nothing wrong. Something happened in that hotel, and that’s the simple answer,” Rivera said in an Instagram clip posted online Friday, according to KTLA5.
On Sunday morning at about 11:00 a.m., Rivera presented himself at the Covina Police Department with his lawyer, where he was arrested and booked on multiple charges, including sexual assault, indecent exposure and burglary with intent to commit a crime. He posted bail set at $280,000 and was released three hours later.
Police allege that last Wednesday evening, Rivera drove through the parking lot of the Vanllee Hotel and Suites until he saw a lit room with drapes open. He then parked his truck facing the interior of the hotel room the two minors were inside and masturbated as he watched them. Rivera later exited his vehicle and stood outside of the window of the girls’ hotel room and pretended to be on the phone for more than 30 minutes. He then walked through the hotel and forced his way into the room when the minors opened the door thinking it was their chaperone. He assaulted one of the girls then fled in his truck, police say.
In a statement to ABC 7, a member of Rivera’s church said the accusations against their pastor is as shocking to the church as the general public.
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Source: Christian Post