Alleged child molester arraigned

RIVERSIDE – A Moreno Valley man accused of molesting two children and trying to arrange meetings with a number of other youngsters pleaded not guilty today to felony charges.

Roshawn O’Neill Davis, 20, could face life in prison if convicted of two counts of lewd acts on a child under 14, seven counts of communicating with a minor with the intent to commit a sexual offense and one count of possessing child pornography, as well as sentence-enhancing allegations of being in possession of a firearm during a felony and targeting multiple children in a sex crime.

Davis appeared before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Helios Hernandez, who scheduled a May 14 felony settlement conference and kept the defendant’s bail at $2 million.

Davis, who is being held at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta, was arrested April 1 following a sheriff’s investigation that began Feb. 10.

Sgt. Aaron Kent said a sheriff’s deputy at an undisclosed Moreno Valley middle school was alerted to explicit images, possibly of students, being posted to a social media website.

”Investigators conducted a lengthy investigation into the source of the inappropriate images and located several juvenile victims, who were lured and assaulted by the suspect using social media,” Kent said earlier, without identifying a specific site.

According to the sergeant, a search warrant was executed at Davis’s home in the 16600 block of Saddlebrook Lane, culminating in the seizure of incriminating evidence. Davis was arrested without incident.

According to court records, the defendant has a misdemeanor conviction for trespassing.

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