Calif. Pastor Accused of Assaulting Lady Turns Himself In

Monday, 12 Feb, 2018

The police are now on a lookout for Pastor Douglas Rivera of God's Gypsy Christian Church in Glendale, California. Accompanied by his attorney, Rivera turned himself in to Covina Police Department at 11 a.m. local time (2 p.m. EST).

This case has raised attention from local residents and Consulate General of China in Los Angeles. On Sunday, however, he finally turned himself in to Covina police.

After sneaking in through the lobby, he knocked on their door. Bail was set at $280,000, which he posted Sunday afternoon, Marquez said.

Rivera had earlier proclaimed his innocence and said he had planned to turn himself in Wednesday.

Rivera released a video message while he was still on the run denying wrongdoing and saying he was in "the wrong place at the wrong time". Later in the day, he posted a video to social media claiming his innocence.

The police raided River's residence in Baldwin Hills, California, on Friday and found a truck similar to the one he was seen parking outside the scene of crime in the CCTV footage.

The 40-year-old pastor tearfully asked people to keep him in prayer and said he had been speaking with a lawyer. Police said the truck had been painted a different color.

Douglas Rivera seen on surveillance video on the night of the alleged assault.

New details are emerging about a pastor of a Glendale church who is wanted in the sexual assault of a minor at a Covina hotel.

A US pastor wanted by police for sexually assaulting a preteen girl from China in the city of Covina, 30 km east of Los Angeles, turned himself in to the authorities on Sunday. He exited the truck and stood outside of their hotel window pretending to be on the phone for more than 30 minutes before he walked through the hotel and forced his way into the room once the girls opened the door believing it was their chaperone, police said. Ray Marquez of Covina Police Department said the pastor put the safety of the community at risk. Now, Glendale City Church is posting signs, making it clear that Rivera is separate from their church. He was scheduled to head to court at Citrus Superior Court in West Covina on Wednesday for his arraignment, according to jail records.