INDIO (CBS) — A La Quinta man who works as a substitute teacher and part-time coach is behind bars, accused of sexually assaulting a family acquaintance last spring.

Daniel Patrick Armstrong, 29, was arrested around 5:45 p.m. Thursday in connection with a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department investigation into a girl’s claims she was sexually assaulted by a family acquaintance in March and April, sheriff’s Sgt. John Hignight said Friday.

Armstrong had worked as a substitute teacher and part-time coach for the Desert Sands Unified School District. There is no evidence connecting his school employment with the alleged victim, Hignight said.

The girl contacted the La Quinta Police Department, which is staffed by the sheriff’s department, on Aug. 3, Hignight said.

“(She) gave a detailed account of the sexual assaults and named the adult who had committed these crimes,” he said.

The sheriff’s Indio Investigations Unit began an investigation and conducted multiple interviews with the girl’s family and friends over the next week, Hignight said. Armstrong was arrested as a suspect as he entered his residence Thursday. Investigators also served a search warrant there seeking evidence, Hignight said.

The department has declined to release the girl’s age.

Armstrong was booked into the Indio Jail, suspected of 25 counts of oral copulation, five counts of lewd acts with a child, one count of sending harmful matter to a child and eight counts of digital penetration. He is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 5 at Larson Justice Center in Indio, according to jail records.

Hignight said detectives are asking those with knowledge of any additional inappropriate contact involving Armstrong to contact them at (760) 863-8990 or email Witnesses can also contact Coachella Valley Crimestoppers at (760) 341-7867. Informants can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward, Hignight said.

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Comments (9)
  1. greg says:

    While he should be fully prosecuted for what he did, assuming he did, the mention of his being a teacher, etc. is absolutely NOT necessary unless the victim was school age,

    1. Gigi says:

      Uh……it states that it is a “girl” and the charges include lewd acts on a child.

  2. just my two cents says:

    what if the girl was just fabricating stories? this is the dillema here, any woman can accuse a man of rape just to get even with the man. probably she was heartbroken or the guy ditch’t her for someone else. like i said. Any woman can accuse a man with rape.

    1. jennifer says:

      You are Sooo Smart.The police never considers stuff like these.How are we going to live without your precious two cents?

    2. well... says:

      well, probably bcuz the victim can give explicit details of the unfortunate events and can probably give details about the mans body that would not be commonly known. I hope the woman/girl will be o.k.

  3. attention says:

    women & children have really become victims in todays violent society. When you watch the news, there are terrible crimes happening to women & children, and the next story is worse than the previous. Women… always think of your safety in all situations and the safety of your children. There are dangerous people out there.

  4. DH says:

    That picture is creepy. Whatever happened to showing a picture of the suspect?

  5. Dripable says:

    What a frankly incredible post!

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