A 61-year-old convicted sex offender and former elementary school teacher accused of sexually abusing a Riverside boy over two decades ago pleaded not guilty Friday to more than a dozen felony charges.

Paul Edward Lowe of Corona was arrested last month following a lengthy Riverside Police Department investigation based on allegations by a 32-year-old man, who said the defendant molested him multiple times while he was in fourth grade.

Lowe is charged with 14 counts of aggravated sexual assault of a minor.

He was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge David Gunn, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for Feb. 23 at the Riverside Hall of Justice and left the defendant’s bail set at $5 million.

Lowe is being held at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.

According to Riverside police spokesman Officer Ryan Railsback, Lowe has a child sex assault conviction out of Los Angeles County from the early 2000s.

However, prior to that time, the defendant was active in a number of youth programs and was an instructor at Taft Elementary School in Riverside. He taught there from 1997 to 2002, when he resigned due to the criminal charges in Los Angeles County, Railsback said.

The Riverside victim told detectives that Lowe allegedly assaulted him on the school campus in the late 1990s, though “most of the sexual assaults occurred away from school,” according to Railsback.

“In addition to being a teacher in Riverside, Lowe also worked for the YMCA and as an AYSO youth soccer coach in Los Angeles County, a youth soccer coach in Big Bear, and two years as a private school teacher in Hacienda Heights in the early 1990s,” Railsback said. “Lowe also worked with a youth camp and wrote children books under the name of `Edric Phoenix.”’

The police department’s Sexual Assault-Child Abuse Unit believes there are additional victims who have yet to come forward and has asked anyone with information to contact SACA at 951-353-7121.

Lowe has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.

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