Photo by Gustavo Castillo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo by Gustavo Castillo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A 51-year-old New York City Fire Department captain was charged with sexually molesting two young boys in Hollywood and will be extradited from New York, prosecutors announced Monday.

Wilbert Riera was charged Sept. 19 with six felony counts of lewd act on a child under 14, according to the District Attorney’s Office. He was arrested Friday at a fire station in Staten Island.

Prosecutors said he committed the crimes Sept. 12-14 while vacationing in Hollywood.

Riera is awaiting extradition to Los Angeles, but will not arrive today, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors will ask that his bail be set at $2.6 million.

He faces up to life in prison if convicted.

According to broadcast reports from New York, Riera has been suspended without pay for 30 days by the NYFD.

Riera is an emergency medical technician and a decorated member of the department with 21 years on the job, based in Staten Island, according to CBS New York. Neighbors told the station Riera was unmarried and lives with his mother and sister in suburban Long Island, and that they were “shocked” by his arrest.

City News Service

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