RIVERSIDE (CBS) — A Mira Loma man suspected of breaking into a house and sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl who was babysitting pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to multiple felonies.
Jose Alberto Galvan, 18, was arraigned on charges of sexual penetration with a foreign object, forced oral copulation, kidnapping with the intent to commit rape, attempted rape and witness intimidation, with a sentence-enhancing allegation that the crimes occurred during a burglary.
Galvan appeared before Riverside County Superior Court Judge J. Thompson Hanks, who set a felony settlement conference in the case for March 29.
He’s being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside.
According to sheriff’s investigators, the attack occurred around 10 p.m. on Feb. 11 in the 5000 block of Marlatt Street in Mira Loma.
Galvan allegedly forced his way into a residence and threatened the victim, who was taking care of an undisclosed number of children, said sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Erickson.
He said none of the youngsters was hurt during the assault on their babysitter.
Investigators were able to glean evidence from the scene that allegedly connected Galvan to the crime. He was located two days later and brought in for questioning.
“During the interview, Galvan admitted to entering the residence, sexually assaulting the victim…and stealing money and jewelry,” the sergeant said.
He said investigators later recovered some of the stolen items from Galvan’s residence.
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