Jury selection got underway Monday for the trial of a 50-year-old Riverside man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl at a home-based daycare facility.
Hubert David Edgin was arrested in September 2018 following a Riverside police investigation centered at his residence on Sun Court, near Patterson Park, in the city’s Eastside quarter.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge John Davis summoned multiple panels of prospective jurors to the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta for screening as to their availability and qualifications. Jury selection is expected to conclude Tuesday or Wednesday, with opening statements in the trial early next week.
Edgin, who is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta, is charged with two counts each of lewd acts on a minor and oral copulation of a child under 10 years old.
Shortly after his arrest, the defendant’s attorney, Bosky Kathuria, dismissed the allegations as “false,” telling City News Service that it was not in his client’s “character to contemplate such things.”
Court papers allege the defendant molested the child between November 2017 and August 2018, when she was 4 and 5 years old.
Riverside police Officer Ryan Railsback said the police department’s Sexual Assault Child Abuse unit, which initiated an investigation in early September 2018, determined that the child had been left at the unlicensed daycare operated by Edgin and his family multiple times over a two-year period.
According to court records, Edgin has a prior conviction for creating a malicious disturbance, which was reduced from a misdemeanor to an infraction under a plea agreement.