A 49-year-old Riverside man accused of sexually assaulting a girl at a home-based daycare facility was charged Tuesday with lewd acts on a child under 10 years old.
Hubert David Edgin was arrested Friday following a Riverside police investigation centered at his residence on Sun Court, near Patterson Park, in the city’s Eastside quarter.
Along with the lewd acts count, Edgin is charged with committing three or more acts of child molestation of a minor.
The defendant was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Emma Smith, who scheduled a bail review hearing, at the request of the defense. for Thursday at the Riverside Hall of Justice. Edgin is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.
“My client is innocent and maintains that these accusations are false,” defense attorney Bosky Kathuria told City News Service. “It is not in my client’s character to contemplate such things.”
Prosecutors were not prepared to comment on the case at this stage.
According to Officer Ryan Railsback, the police department’s Sexual Assault Child Abuse unit initiated an investigation last week after receiving a report that the young girl, whose identity was not disclosed, allegedly had been sexually assaulted.
Railsback said that the child had been left at the unlicensed daycare operated by Edgin and his family multiple times over a two-year period. The child finally broke down and told her family what allegedly transpired, according to Railsback.
“During their investigation, detectives learned Mr. Edgin may have had contact with other young children through his church and other activities,” Railsback said.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the SACA squad at (951) 353-7121.
According to court records, Edgin has a prior conviction for creating a malicious disturbance, which was pled from a misdemeanor down to an infraction.
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