A parolee accused of sexually assaulting a homeless boy in a Riverside park was ordered Wednesday to undergo a psychiatric evaluation based on his attorney’s concerns about his mental health.
Ryan Anthony Funk, 31, of Riverside was arrested shortly after the alleged Sept. 11 attack in Hunter Park, near the intersection of Iowa and Marlborough avenues, and is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a minor, kidnapping to commit rape and parole violations.
During a status hearing before Riverside County Superior Court Judge O.G. Magno, the defendant’s public defender requested that Funk receive a psychiatric examination by court-appointed mental health specialists. Magno granted the motion and scheduled a follow-up hearing for Friday at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
According to Riverside police Officer Ryan Railsback, the 12-year-old victim was sleeping in a car parked adjacent to the park, where his homeless mother and sibling were also resting, when he needed to use the nearby public restroom about 1 a.m.
The mother gave her permission, and the boy went into the bathroom alone. After the child entered the latrine, Funk allegedly corralled him and perpetrated unspecified acts, according to Railsback.
The boy returned to the car and informed his mother of the alleged assault, prompting her to call 911, Railsback said. Patrol officers arrived within a few minutes, located and arrested the defendant without incident.
The victim did not require hospitalization.
The mom and 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, who’s being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside, has prior convictions for assault resulting in great bodily injury, receiving a stolen vehicle, grand theft and attempted burglary.
>> Want to read more stories like this? Get our Free Daily Newsletters Here!Follow us: