$2 million bail for Moreno Valley man accused of molesting child

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. — Authorities say an investigation that began in late September led to the Oct. 23 arrest of a Moreno Valley man, now charged with multiple counts related to the sexual abuse of a child.

Although officials have not specified how Mejia knew his victim, his charges suggest that he is related to the victim, who was younger than ten-years-old when the alleged abuse was occurring.


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The Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station Investigations Bureau began an investigation into allegations of child abuse and child molestation on Sept. 23, Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ed Baeza has since reported.

A month-long investigation led to the arrest of Jesus Mejia, who has been charged with multiple felonies related to the sexual abuse of a child he is related to. RSO booking photo

“After a month-long investigation, and based on evidence collected and analyzed, the suspect was identified as Jesus Alfredo Mejia, a 33-year-old resident of Moreno Valley,” said Baeza.

Based on their investigation, deputies and investigators arrested Mejia at his Fir Ave. home in Moreno Valley.

Mejia was subsequently booked into Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on suspicion of multiple counts of sexual assault with a child, sexual penetration with a foreign object, continual sexual abuse of a child, oral copulation, incest, possession of child pornography, furnishing of a controlled substance to a child, and other charges.

Online jail records indicate Mejia remains in custody in lieu of $2 million bail or bond and is scheduled to be arraigned at the Riverside Hall Of Justice tomorrow.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Investigator Theodore Allen at (951) 486-6700. Callers can refer to incident file number MV202670363 and can remain anonymous.

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Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.