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Convicted Sex Offender Arrested After Allegedly Assaulting 2 Teen Girls

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(credit: Riverside County Sheriff)

(credit: Riverside County Sheriff)

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MORENO VALLEY (CBS) — A convicted sex offender is being held on $50,000 bail after allegedly sexually assaulting two teenaged girls in a tent.

James Russell Watkins, 29, was arrested Saturday night after police received an anonymous tip that he had possibly sexually assaulted the teens, officials said. According to an investigation, Watkins assaulted the girls in a tent that he was living in near Alessandro Boulevard and the old 215 Freeway at some point in July.

Watkins is currently on parole and is a registered sex offender.

He is being held on charges of unlawful sexual intercourse, child abuse, and a violation of parole.

The Moreno Valley Police Department is asking anyone with information about this incident to contact Investigators Mehlbrech or Viveros at (951) 247-8700 or (951) 486-6819.

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