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COVINA (CBSLA) — A local pastor accused of sexually assaulting a preteen girl in a Covina hotel room posted an emotional video in which he claimed his innocence Friday night, all as he continued to evade police.

Pastor Douglas Rivera is accused of assaulting a girl visiting from China at the Vanllee Hotel and Suites in Covina Wednesday night.

In a video posted to Instagram Friday night, Rivera, recording from inside a vehicle, tried to vindicate himself, saying the accusations against him are a misunderstanding.


“I did not do nothing wrong. I was at the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Rivera, a pastor who leads a congregation in Glendale.

He continued:


“Something happened in that hotel, and that’s the simple answer. I am just finished with my lawyer. I am going to jail on Wednesday with the lawyer to submit myself so they could continue their investigation. There is absolutely no truth.”


“I love you, Los Angeles. Please keep me in prayer. God will take his truth out. I love you,” Rivera ended his video, almost weeping.


Members of Rivera’s church told police early Friday he would be turning himself in to police, but he never showed.


Police say Rivera drove through the Vanllee Hotel parking lot until he saw a lit room with the drapes open Wednesday night. He then parked the truck facing inside of the room, where two preteen girls on a school trip from China were staying.

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Rivera allegedly masturbated while watching the two girls, then got out of the truck and stood outside their window pretending to be on the phone for more than 30 minutes, police said.

He then walked through the hotel and forced his way into the room once the girls opened the door, believing it was their chaperone, police said. One girl was assaulted before Rivera took off in his truck.


The girls did not speak English.


Rivera was identified as a person of interest Friday after police released security video of him from the night of the assault.


Police served a search warrant at a Baldwin Hills house thought to be Rivera’s home Friday night and raided it, pulling boxes of evidence from the residence.


A large truck similar to the one seen in security video from the night of the incident was being towed from the home. Neighbors said it had recently been painted, with one witness saying it had been done as late as Thursday.


Rivera is named as the pastor of God’s Gypsy Christian Church/Los Angeles Church in Glendale on the church’s Instagram account, which has been set to private.


CBS2 spoke to Todd Leonard, pastor at Glendale City Church. He said Rivera is the pastor of a separate congregation at the church and that the two had a rental arrangement in which Rivera used the facility twice a week.


Lt. Rick Walczak told CBS2 he believes Rivera’s promise to turn himself in to police Wednesday is “self-serving and an attempt to mislead people.”

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The victim was staying at Vanllee Hotel and Suites in Covina while on a school trip from China

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ceciliazhang Post time: 2018-2-11 14:10
The victim was staying at Vanllee Hotel and Suites in Covina while on a school trip from China

Oxfam denies cover-up over 'Haiti prostitutes'

Oxfam said four members of staff were dismissed and three, including the country director, were allowed to resign before the end of the investigation.

The director was Roland Van Hauwermeiren, who The Times alleges used prostitutes at a villa rented for him by Oxfam.

At the time, the charity said he had left because of serious breaches of its code of conduct.

But reports say Oxfam failed to specify the men had been using prostitutes. The charity denies this, and says it disclosed sexual misconduct to the charities regulator.



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When a person needs to impress upon you that he is somehow holier than you, run for the hills.

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abcfirst Post time: 2018-2-12 13:20
When a person needs to impress upon you that he is somehow holier than you, run for the hills.

Oxfam is an international confederation of charitable organizations focused on the alleviation of global poverty. Oxfam was founded at 17 Broad Street in Oxford, Oxfordshire, in 1942 as the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief by a group of Quakers, social activists, and Oxford academics; this is now Oxfam

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