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One Year Ago Today (January 18, 2022)…A 41-year-old probationer accused of trying to sexually assault a Corona girl walking to school, then fleeing nude on his bicycle, was ordered to stand trial for attempted lewd acts on a child and other charges.

Carlos Lorenzo Martinez of Corona was arrested in October following the alleged attack on West Ontario Avenue.

At the end of a preliminary hearing at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Stephen Gallon found there was sufficient evidence to bound Martinez over for trail on the lewd acts count, as well as charges of contacting a minor with intent to commit a sexual offense, assault with a deadly weapon and indecent exposure.

The judge scheduled a post-preliminary hearing arraignment for Feb. 1 at the Riverside Hall of Justice, leaving the defendant’s bail set at $80,000. He’s being held at the Byrd Detention Center.

According to Corona police Detective Daniel Clary, about 7:15 a.m. on Oct. 13, Martinez was riding a bicycle on Ontario when he confronted the 12-year-old girl, whose identity was not disclosed, as she neared her school campus.

“Martinez was wearing women’s clothing and approached the student,” Clary said. “Martinez shoved the student to the ground with his bicycle and removed his clothing, exposing his nude body while making sexual references. The girl acted quickly and was able to escape the assault by running to a nearby school bus.”

The defendant rode away, naked, and a witness driving through the area flagged down a Corona patrol unit moments later, reporting what he had seen, according to the detective.

Police officers quickly caught up with Martinez, taking him into custody without incident.

According to court records, he has traffic-related misdemeanor convictions from last year.

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