Pair to be arraigned next week in child sex case

RIVERSIDE – Two men accused of sexually molesting and using young boys for child pornography are scheduled to be arraigned next week in Riverside.
John David Yoder, 43, of Desert Hot Springs and Erick Monsivais, 29, of Los Angeles, were each arrested earlier this year following a local and federal investigation into their alleged illicit interactions with more than a dozen
The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office filed multiple charges against the men in February. However, after a preliminary hearing for Yoder was well underway, consuming hours of testimony, prosecutors opted to take the case before a grand jury, culminating in an indictment against the pair.
Monsivais’ indictment lists three counts each of oral copulation of a child under 10 and possession of child pornography, as well as two counts of lewd acts on a minor and one count each of conspiracy and copulation of a child under 14.
Yoder is charged with four counts of lewd acts on a child and three counts each of human trafficking and persuading a child to engage in lewd acts, as well as one count each of conspiracy and aiding a felon in evading arrest.
The defendants made their first post-indictment court appearances today before Superior Court Judge Richard Fields at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
Fields ordered each man held in lieu of $1 million bail and scheduled their arraignments for Wednesday.
During Yoder’s preliminary hearing, prosecutors alleged he and Monsivais, along with William Clyde Thompson of Las Vegas and Noland Harper of Richmond, Virginia, were prolific child pornographers and abusers.
A video was played Tuesday in which an 11-year-old boy alleged he had posed shirtless and barefoot during modeling sessions arranged by the defendants in exchange for cash, cellphones and high-end scooters.
The child, whose identity was not disclosed, said Thompson and Harper repeatedly visited Yoder at his Desert Hot Springs home and would spend time at a local skate park, where children congregated. The boy alleged Thompson
fondled him during a visit to the residence.
Court papers allege the child porn ring was in existence for at least three years. Thompson was characterized as the alleged ringleader, making trips to the Coachella Valley from his Las Vegas home and allegedly connecting with
Monsivais and Yoder to find prospects.
Yoder resided with his two adopted sons, and until recently was a licensed foster care provider and a special education assistant instructor for the Palm Springs Unified School District. He’s being held at the Indio Jail.
Monsivais is being held at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.
Thompson, who is in federal custody in Las Vegas, is charged with sodomy of a child, oral copulation of a minor, sexual assault of a child under 14, lewd acts on a child under 14, procurement of a child under 16 for lewd acts,
human trafficking of a minor, use of a child for prohibited acts, distribution of child porn and conspiracy to create child pornography.
Along with the state charges, the defendants were indicted by a federal grand jury in January on charges of sexual exploitation of a child, conspiracy to produce child porn and conspiracy to distribute child porn.riverside-sheriff-badge

One Response to "Pair to be arraigned next week in child sex case"

  1. Fed Up   April 18, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    A couple more of those types the world would be better off without. Save the courts time and money…castrate them, tie them to a cactus in the desert and walk away….It might be a better deterrent than the way we currently treat them….


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