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A 32-year-old man accused of exposing himself to two Moreno Valley girls and trying to lure them into his vehicle will ask a judge Tuesday to lower his bail so he can get out of jail.

Armando Richard Garcia of Moreno Valley is charged with two counts each of indecent exposure and annoying minors.

Garcia pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges last week, after which his public defender submitted a motion to Riverside County Superior Court Judge Eric Isaac seeking a bail reduction hearing.

The judge scheduled the hearing for Tuesday morning at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

Garcia is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.

According to court documents, on Sept. 12, the defendant 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, last Tuesday morning, 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.

Medina said that 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 residence on Graham Street Wednesday.

Court records show that he has a prior misdemeanor conviction for child abuse, but no felony convictions in Riverside County.

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