A four-count criminal complaint was filed Thursday against a Cathedral City man accused of molesting a girl at a Palm Desert resort.

Ismael Gaspar, 35, pleaded not guilty Thursday afternoon to three counts of committing lewd acts on a child and one count of burglary — all felonies.

Gaspar allegedly molested the girl — identified only as Jane Doe and being under the age of 14 in court documents — on March 20 at the Marriott Shadow Ridge Resort, 9003 Shadow Ridge Rd. The complaint charges Gaspar with committing sex acts on the girl, while a burglary charge accuses him of entering the resort in order to commit lewd acts on a child.

An investigation began last Thursday afternoon, said sheriff’s Sgt. David Wright, but further details on the alleged molestation were not disclosed.

Gaspar was arrested Monday near 30th Avenue and Landau Boulevard in Cathedral City, and was booked into the Riverside County jail in Indio, with bail set at $55,000.

The defendant has no prior felony convictions in Riverside County, according to court records. He’s slated to return to court April 10 for a felony settlement conference.

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