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A hearing to determine whether a 31-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting two women in Riverside in the last decade is eligible for a bail reduction was postponed Tuesday.

Marlon Acosta of Corona is charged with forced sexual penetration, forcible sodomy, rape of an intoxicated victim, assault with intent to commit rape and kidnapping to commit rape for alleged assaults in 2010 and 2014.

Acosta pleaded not guilty during an arraignment last week before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Gail O’Rane at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

His attorney requested a bail review hearing, and a proposed release order was submitted to O’Rane. However, at the request of the defense, the judge postponed the matter to July 8. The reason for the scheduling change wasn’t specified.

Acosta remains held in lieu of $2 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.

According to Riverside police and court documents, Acosta perpetrated the first attack on June 16, 2010, involving a woman identified only by the initials “J.L.”

He allegedly abducted the woman and took her to an unspecified location, where he allegedly sexually assaulted her several times.

Detectives did not disclose whether he might have stalked the victim, or how she was targeted. They said she did not know her attacker.

On July 17, 2014, the defendant allegedly raped a woman identified in court documents only as “L.C.,” who was possibly unconscious at the time.

No other details regarding the alleged attacks were divulged.

The Riverside Police Department’s Sexual Assault-Child Abuse Unit had few clues to go on until “advances in forensic technology” enabled them to gather sufficient evidence to identify the alleged assailant, Acosta, according to agency spokesman Officer Javier Cabrera.

He said detectives believe other women may have been targeted, and the SACA team was asking anyone able to help with the investigation to contact them at 951-353-7213. Parties can also send information via email to RPDtips@riversideCA.gov.

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