Jury selection is slated to get underway Friday for the trial of a 32-year-old man accused of exposing himself to two Moreno Valley girls and trying to lure them into his vehicle.
Armando Richard Garcia of Moreno Valley is charged with two counts each of indecent exposure and annoying minors, all misdemeanors.
In October, Garcia was granted a bail reduction that resulted in his bond requirement going from $500,000 to $10,000, which he secured and was released from jail.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge John Molloy conferred with the prosecution and defense Thursday to confirm they were prepared to move forward with a trial, and both sides agreed.
Molloy scheduled proceedings to get underway at the Riverside Hall of Justice Friday.
According to court documents, on Sept. 12, Garcia encountered a girl, identified only as “M.T.,” in the area of Kitching Street and JFK Drive, where he allegedly “lewdly exposed (his) … private parts” and tried to convince her to get into his vehicle.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Alfredo Medina said that the victim fled the location and later reported the encounter to authorities.
According to Medina, on the morning of Oct. 11, another girl, identified in court documents only as “D.R.,” was walking through the area of JFK and Perris Boulevard, when she was confronted by Garcia, who allegedly “exposed himself … and repeatedly asked her to enter his car.”
“The juvenile refused the suspect’s advances … fled the location and contacted the sheriff’s department,” the sergeant said.
Neither girl was physically harmed. Their ages were not released.
Medina said sheriff’s investigators ultimately identified the vehicle used in both incidents — a white Dodge Journey with a large red sticker on the rear window — connecting it to Garcia, who was taken into custody without incident at his Graham Street residence on Oct. 12.
Court records show that he has a prior misdemeanor conviction for child abuse, but no felony convictions in Riverside County.