Riverside youth group leader arrested in past sex abuse case
RIVERSIDE, Calif., — Authorities in Riverside say a local church youth group leader was arrested after allegations of a past sexual abuse of a ten-year-old girl recently surfaced. The alleged suspect, 65-year-old Jaime Alejandre Gonzalez of Riverside, a youth group leader at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in the Eastside neighborhood of Riverside, remains in custody in lieu of $150,000 bail or bond.
Officials suspect there could be additional victims who have not yet come forward and have asked that anyone else who was possibly victimized, or who knows of someone who was possibly victimized by the alleged suspect to come forward.
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Detectives from the city of Riverside Police Department’s Sexual Assault – Child Abuse (SACA) Unit began looking into Gonzalez’s past after allegations of sexual assault against a minor came to light, RPD reported today.
“At the time when the alleged acts occurred between the years of 2010 and 2015, the female victim was under the age of 10,” RPD explained.
SACA detectives learned the victim met Gonzalez through his work as a youth group leader at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, where her family attended church.
The victim, whose name was not released due to her age and the nature of the crimes allegedly committed against her, told detectives that Gonzalez had sexually abused her on multiple occasions while driving her around the city several years ago.
Based on their investigation, on Tuesday, July 13, detectives arrested Gonzalez on Franklin Avenue in Riverside and he was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on suspicion of five counts of lewd and lascivious acts against a child under the age of 14.
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Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation and arrest is urged to contact SACA Detective Stacie Ontko at (951) 353-7121 or by email. Callers can refer to incident file number 210013303 and can remain anonymous. Those wishing to remain anonymous can email firstname.lastname@example.org or utilize the Riverside Police Department’s mobile app “Submit a Tip” feature.
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Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).
Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.
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.