Friday’s scheduled arraignment for a 40-year-old felon from Morongo Valley accused of having a sexual relationship with an underage girl was rescheduled for Monday.
Elogio Arredondo was arrested Saturday in Bell Gardens in Los Angeles County. He is now scheduled to be arraigned via video conference on Monday from the Presley Detention Center in Riverside, where remains jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail.
Arredondo is charged with three counts of committing lewd or lascivious acts on girl under the age of 14, acts which allegedly occurred between March 18 and March 28 in Thousand Palms, according to the felony criminal complaint filed by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday.
Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Jose Tijerina said deputies were sent March 28 to the 72-000 block of Varner Road in Thousand Palms on a call about a missing juvenile being located.
The Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force then took control of the investigation and identified Arredondo as the suspect, but he had fled the area, according to the sheriff’s department.
No other details about the investigation were released.
Arredondo has two previous felony convictions in Riverside County — committing a robbery and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, according to court records.
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