A 28-year-old man accused of repeatedly molesting a Lake Elsinore girl pleaded guilty Tuesday to multiple counts of lewd acts on a child.
Geovanni Arturo Mendoza admitted committing at least four lewd acts on a child under 14 years old and distributing pornography to a minor.
The plea was made directly to Riverside County Superior Court Judge Judith Clark, without input from the District Attorney’s Office. No charges were dismissed.
Clark indicated a likely sentence of 12 years in state prison and lifetime sex offender registration for Mendoza. She scheduled a sentencing hearing for Dec. 8 at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta and ordered Mendoza held without bail at the nearby Byrd Detention Center. His prior bail was set at $1 million.
Mendoza was arrested last November following a monthlong sheriff’s investigation.
In early October 2020, the girl, whose name was not disclosed, and her family told detectives that Mendoza had sexually abused her on numerous occasions going back to January 2012, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Julio Olguin.
The offenses were mostly perpetrated at a residence in the 18000 block of Tereticornis Avenue, near 11th Street, Olguin said.
Detectives began an investigation that uncovered sufficient evidence to warrant charges against the defendant, who was taken into custody without incident in Lake Elsinore, according to Olguin.
Details regarding the acts and Mendoza’s connection to the victim were not released.
Mendoza had no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.