A pastor who allegedly raped an underage tourist in Covina, California posted a video declaring his innocence while on the run from the law, according to local news outlet KTLA.
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Police are searching for Pastor Douglas Rivera of God’s Gypsy Christian Church in Glendale. He allegedly masturbated in his truck outside a hotel as he watched two girls — ages 10 and 12 — before walking into their room and assaulting one of them.
“I did not do nothing wrong,” Rivera said in a video he posted online Friday.
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“I was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Something happened in that hotel, and that’s the simple answer,” Rivera claimed.
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“I’ve just finished with my lawyer,” he added. “I am going to jail on Wednesday, with the lawyer, to submit myself so they could continue their investigation. There is absolutely no truth to that. No matter what you see on the Instagram or the TV, there is no truth to it.”
“I love you Los Angeles. Please, keep me in prayer,” Rivera concluded. “God will take his truth out. I love you.”
Police declared Rivera the suspect after disseminating surveillance images from outside the hotel.
The victims were visiting from China on a field trip. Rivera “forced his way into the room once the minors opened the door believing it was their chaperone,” police said.
Residents near Rivera’s church told KABC that the congregation is often drunk, wild and confrontational.
Douglas Rivera Covina Police Department Karen Mizoguchi February 09, 2018 11:13 PM Police are searching for Douglas Rivera of Baldwin Park, California, who allegedly forced his way into a young girl’s hotel room and sexually assaulted her.
“The character of this pastor – I’ve never seen anyone like him. He seemed violent, he didn’t seem like a pastor…they seem more like gangsters, you know, than people of faith.”
The suspect masturbated while watching the two girls, police said. He exited the truck and stood outside of their hotel window pretending to be on the phone for more than 30 minutes before he walked through the hotel and forced his way into the room once the girls opened the door believing it was their chaperone, police said.