Jury selection is slated to begin Monday in the trial of a Cathedral City man accused of molesting a girl at a Palm Desert resort.
Ismael Gaspar, 35, was arrested on March 26, 2018, on suspicion of sex crimes he allegedly committed six days earlier at the Marriott Shadow Ridge Resort.
Gaspar, who remains free on $55,000 bail, is charged with one count each of burglary and committing lewd acts with a child under 14 years old. He is additionally charged with two counts each of oral copulation of a minor under 14 years old and providing a minor with controlled substances.
He is set to be tried at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.
Gaspar allegedly molested the girl on March 20, 2018, at the resort located at 9003 Shadow Ridge Road, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Sgt. David Wright said the defendant allegedly entered the resort illegally to commit the sex acts on the girl, which accounted for the burglary charge.
The relationship between the victim and defendant, if any, was unclear, as were the circumstances surrounding the alleged assault.
The defendant has no prior felony convictions in Riverside County.
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