Man jailed on suspicion of sex assault of two teens

- A 28-year-old registered sex offender was behind bars today, jailed without bail on suspicion of sexually assaulting two teen girls at a motel after luring them from an alternative high school in Whittier in separate incidents a day apart.

Richie Esquivel Corvera, a resident of an unincorporated Los Angeles County area near Whittier, was arrested about 9 p.m. Friday, police said.

Corvera was parked in a lot at Sierra Vista High School, 9401 S. Painter Ave., about 9 a.m. Wednesday when he allegedly lured a 15-year-old girl into his vehicle "and eventually drove her to a local motel where a sexual assault
took place," according to a Whittier Police Department statement.

He allegedly did the same, this time with a 14-year-old girl, about 1 p.m. the following day, police said. "Both victims informed school officials of the sexual assaults on January 22, 2016 and the Whittier Police Department was immediately notified," police said.

Detectives conducted an investigation, identified Corvera as the suspect and took him into custody during a traffic stop in the 10600 block of Scott Avenue, police said. "As part of the investigation, detectives also served a search warrant at a house in the 10300 block of Parise Drive in the county area of Whittier," according to the police statement.

Corvera was booked on suspicion of two counts of rape by force or fear and for violation of probation, police said.

He is being held without bail at the Whittier jail and is due to be arraigned on Tuesday in Bellflower, according to police, who did not immediately disclose why Corvera was on probation and a registered sex offender.

"Detectives are concerned that additional victims may be out there," police said. Anyone with information that could assist in the ongoing investigation into Corvera's activities was urged to contact Whittier police as soon as
possible at (562) 567-9255.

He is being held without bail at the Whittier jail and is due to be arraigned on Tuesday in Bellflower, according to police.

According to the California Attorney General's Megan's Law website, Corvera became a registered sex offender for a conviction of annoying or molesting a child under 18 years old.

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