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A former substitute teacher from Riverside accused of sexually molesting a girl is slated to be arraigned Friday.

Carl Jess Sanchez, 53, was arrested earlier this month following an investigation by the Riverside Police Department’s Sexual Assault-Child Abuse unit.

Sanchez is charged with sexual assault on a minor by force or fear, oral copulation of a child under 10 years old and forcible lewd acts on a minor.

The defendant is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning and is slated to be arraigned Friday before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Charles Koosed at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

According to Riverside police spokesman Officer Ryan Railsback, at the beginning of the month, investigators were alerted to alleged sexual abuse by Sanchez, involving a girl whose identity was not disclosed in court documents.

The SACA detectives conducted an investigation that culminated in the defendant being arrested without incident on April 7.

Details regarding the alleged assaults were not disclosed, nor was the nature of the relationship, if any, between the victim and Sanchez.

Railsback said the defendant worked as a substitute teacher for “several years” and was regularly in contact with children during that time. The specific locations where Sanchez worked were not listed.

“It is unknown if he victimized others,” Railsback said.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the SACA unit at 951-826-8716.

Sanchez has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.

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