A Glendale pastor who sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl in a Covina hotel room was sentenced Monday to six years in prison.
Douglas Rivera, 41, was also ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, according to Deputy District Attorney Michelle Graves. He was sentenced immediately after entering a no contest plea to a felony count of committing a lewd act on a child, she said.
On Feb. 7, 2018, Rivera drove to the Vanllee Hotel and Suites, at 1211 E. Garvey St., and parked his truck in front of a room where two young girls were staying. Police said he masturbated while watching the two minors and then stood outside their hotel room pretending to be on the phone.
When the girls opened the door, believing it was their chaperone, Rivera forced his way into the room and inappropriately touched one of the girls, who were part of a tourist group from China, KTLA reported.
When authorities released surveillance video and still shots of the suspect, numerous calls came in from people who were part of or associated with God’s Gypsy Christian Church. The callers said they believed the man was Rivera, who subsequently proclaimed his innocence in a video shot before he surrendered on Feb. 11 to Covina police, tearfully asking people to keep him in prayer.
“I did not do nothing wrong,” Rivera said in the video posted on Instagram. “I was at the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Rivera has been jailed since his arraignment in April 2018.
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