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California pastor suspected of motel molestation surrenders

A pastor suspected of sexually assaulting two Chinese exchange students at a Southern California motel has surrendered to authorities.

Posted: Feb. 11, 2018 1:02 PM

COVINA, Calif. (AP) - A pastor suspected of sexually assaulting two Chinese exchange students at a Southern California motel has surrendered to authorities.

City News Service reports Douglas Rivera was accompanied by his attorney when he turned himself in Sunday at the Covina Police Department east of Los Angeles. No charges were immediately filed. Detectives are interviewing Rivera.

Authorities say the 40-year-old pastor at God's Gypsy Christian Church is suspected watching two girls through their motel window, performing sex acts on himself, and then breaking into their room to assault them last week.

Witnesses reported seeing Rivera's silver truck at the motel. Authorities later towed the truck, which had been painted black.

Rivera proclaimed his innocence in a social media video. He says he was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

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