A Glendale, California pastor posted a video to Instagram to state that he was simply “at the wrong place at the wrong time” in regards to allegations that he broke into a hotel room to sexually assault a pre-teen girl.
Douglas Rivera, 40, surrendered to the Covina Police Department on Sunday morning, according to police, ABC7 reports. However, he didn’t turn himself in without making a plea to the public. In his Instagram video, he said, “I did not do nothing wrong [...] Something happened in that hotel, and that's the simple answer.”
Rivera is referring to an incident that occurred at Vanllee Hotel and Suites in Covina on Wednesday evening. Police said the pastor was caught on surveillance footage lurking outside of a hotel room. They accuse him of masturbating while watching two girls, a 10- and 12-year-old who were in a hotel room visiting from China, according to KTLA. Rivera then allegedly forced his way into that room to assault one of the young girls. According to police, one of the girls answered the hotel room door because they thought it was their chaperone knocking.
Rivera is expected to be charged with sexual assault, indecent exposure and burglary. A police spokesman told ABC7 that Rivera would not participate in a police interview about the alleged incident. Rivera allegedly said his lawyer urged him not to.
He has since been released on $100,000 bail and is expected to be back in court on Valentine’s Day. Rivera is a pastor at God's Gypsy Christian Church, according to the church’s website. People from the church have called him a "family" man, who is married with children.
Anyone with information on this case can contact the Police Department at 626-384-5621 or call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).