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Police: Man Had Sexual Relationship With Teen Girl Inside Church

Riverside police say the sexual relationship transpired inside the church grounds. A man from Moreno Valley has since been arrested.

Booking photo of  Gionatan Ricard Almaraz released Feb. 18 by the Riverside Police Department.
Booking photo of Gionatan Ricard Almaraz released Feb. 18 by the Riverside Police Department.

A staff member of a Christian church in Riverside was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of having unlawful sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Riverside police learned from a parent of the girl on Feb. 3 that Gionatan Ricard Almaraz, 37, of Moreno Valley, allegedly carried on a sexual relationship with the girl, who is also a member of the Riverside Apostolic Church, Riverside police Sgt. Jeff Spencer said.

"The suspect is alleged to have committed the assault at the church," Spencer said, adding that Almaraz is a staff member at the church.

An investigation followed and detectives arrested Almaraz at the Riverside Police Department and booked him on several felony sex crimes.

Spencer did not disclose the length of the alleged sexual relationship Almaraz had. Almaraz was released Tuesday after posting $75,000 bail, records showed.


—City News Service contributed to this report.
Allen G February 19, 2014 at 03:32 AM
Released after posting a $75k bail... wait, what?
ChrisG February 19, 2014 at 08:06 AM
It amazes me that bail was so low or that is was offered at all. He was charged with several felony sex crimes. She was 14!
Desirae Ellis February 19, 2014 at 09:48 AM
That's Riverside County for ya.
kristin c February 19, 2014 at 12:22 PM
I'm thinking he should stay in jail for his safety.. had he harmed my daughter, he would be pleading (unsuccessfully) for his life right now.
Ken February 19, 2014 at 01:10 PM
Whats with these Hispanic and Black cultures? Why can't they live in a normal humane being in a community without creating trouble and abuse? The non stop violence, sex with children, rapes, murders, robberies, vandalism, promotion of drug usage, driving drunk, etc. etc. They demand equality yet are unable to live life like civilized people. And they wonder why no one wants them in their community? This guy is a prime example. I bet his own ethnic kind don't want to live next door to this kind of trash either.
Jimmy Dean February 19, 2014 at 01:23 PM
Really Ken? Your funny
Annie G. February 19, 2014 at 02:04 PM
just another f-ing scumbag. that goes to church so twice the f-ing scumbag
andrea c February 21, 2014 at 02:34 PM
to Ken I just have to say me as a born US citizen coming from a hispanic and irish background, it is very offensive that you stated a comment towards hispanics "Why can't they live in a normal humane being in a community without creating trouble and abuse? The non stop violence, sex with children, rapes, murders, robberies, vandalism, promotion of drug usage, driving drunk, etc. etc. They demand equality yet are unable to live life like civilized people. And they wonder why no one wants them in their community? Now i am hispanic i own my own home have 4 beautiful children and a wonderful career and have been married to a mexican for 15 years. He nor i have ever committed any type of crime we are educated and a very stable family. This man is just one individual THIS MAN IS DISGUSTING and deserves what is coming to him. Yes you are correct i would NEVER want him to live next to me, but by no means does it make it ok to put all hispanics in the same category. I say this respectfully and am just wondering why you have that thought that we are all alike? sincerely andrea c
ChrisG February 22, 2014 at 12:49 AM
@andrea, no need to be respectful to ken. his comments were meant for affect.
andrea c February 23, 2014 at 02:46 PM
To Chris G thanks for that information and sorry to ken that he did not get the response he thought he would at least from me....
Raul Silva Jr February 23, 2014 at 05:05 PM
Ken's a coward who hides behind a screen. Put up your last name buddy, but then what would people think when they know you are a bigot? Oh I bet that's why you never put it up, right? Its funny to see that the mentality you carry causes more damage to progress in this country than criminals. You are an ignorant lonely man sir and I would be happy to provide my last name because I am not ashamed of my comments unlike others.

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