Man accused of molesting Lake Elsinore girl arraigned

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A 27-year-old man accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a Lake Elsinore girl pleaded not guilty Thursday, Nov. 19, to multiple counts of lewd acts on a child. Geovanni Arturo Mendoza was arrested Saturday, Nov. 14, following a monthlong Riverside County Sheriff’s Department investigation. Along with four counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 years old, Mendoza is charged with distributing pornography to a minor. He was arraigned before Superior Court Judge Stephen Gallon, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for Dec. 3, at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta. The defendant is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center. In early October, the girl and her family alleged that the defendant had sexually abused her on numerous
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