A parolee accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy in a Riverside park pleaded not guilty Thursday to aggravated sexual assault of a minor and kidnapping to commit rape.
Ryan Anthony Funk, 31, of Riverside was arrested shortly after last week’s alleged pre-dawn attack in Hunter Park, near the intersection of Iowa and Marlborough avenues.
Funk, who’s being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside. was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge O.G. Magno, who scheduled a preliminary hearing for Sept. 30 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
According to Riverside police Officer Ryan Railsback, the victim and his family are homeless and were sleeping in a car parked adjacent to the park. The boy needed to use the nearby public restroom about 1 a.m. on Sept. 11 and the mother gave her permission. He went alone into the facility, where Funk allegedly corralled him and perpetrated unspecified acts, Railsback said.
The boy returned to the car and told his mother about the alleged assault, prompting her to call 911, Railsback said. Patrol officers arrived within a few minutes and arrested the defendant without incident.
The mom and her two children were referred to the Riverside Office of Homeless Solutions, and staff arranged for them to be placed in transitional housing at no cost, according to Railsback.
Court records show Funk has prior convictions for assault resulting in great bodily injury, receiving a stolen vehicle, grand theft and attempted burglary.