A convicted felon accused of sexually assaulting a young family member in Moreno Valley over a period of years must stand trial for alleged rape of a minor and more than a dozen other charges, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Jesus Alfredo Mejia, 34, was arrested in October 2020 following an investigation by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

At the end of a preliminary hearing at the Riverside Hall of Justice, Superior Court Judge Bernard Schwartz found there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial on the three rape counts, as well as three counts of furnishing controlled substances to a child, four counts each of forced sexual penetration of a child and forced oral copulation of a child under 10 years old, with one count of aggravated assault, forcible lewd acts on a minor, child abuse, production of child pornography and possession of child porn.

The judge scheduled a post-preliminary hearing arraignment for Dec. 29 and left Mejia’s bail set at $2 million.

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

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Ed Baeza, detectives were alerted in September 2020 to possible acts of child molestation involving the defendant at a residence in the 15000 block of Carolina Avenue.

Over a roughly four-week span, detectives gathered evidence indicating that the defendant allegedly had been sexually abusing the victim, identified only as a young girl related to him, going back to 2012, according to sheriff’s officials.

Child porn was found in the defendant’s residence, Baeza alleged.

According to court records, Mejia has a prior conviction for obstruction of a law enforcement officer. Records also showed that he was charged in 2003 with sexual assault and domestic violence, but the charges were dropped months later without explanation.

He could face in life in prison if convicted of the current charges.

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