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Moreno Valley guitar instructor pleads guilty to sex with 13-year-old Riverside girl

By in Press Enterprise on November 17, 2017

By City News Service

A Riverside guitar instructor who engaged in sexual activity with a 13-year-old girl pleaded guilty Thursday, Nov. 16, to lewd acts on a child under 14 years old.

Nathaniel Elizar Hernandez, 27, admitted the two felony counts during a status hearing at the Riverside Hall of Justice. The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office agreed to drop four related charges, including sodomy of a child.

Superior Court Judge Helios Hernandez — no relation to the defendant — scheduled a sentencing hearing for Dec. 11 and directed the Department of Probation to conduct interviews and research to determine an appropriate sentence.

The defendant is being held on $430,000 bail at the Riverside jail.

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According to Riverside police, the sex crimes occurred in the first half of the year, when Nathaniel Hernandez was providing one-on-one guitar lessons to the girl’s mother, identified only as a Riverside resident, at his Moreno Valley home.

Hernandez learned that the woman’s daughter played drums, and he invited the victim to join his band, according to an arrest warrant affidavit filed by Detective Charlie Olivas.

He said soon afterward that the youth and Hernandez developed an inappropriate relationship that the girl described to police as “dating,”

Olivas said the relationship was uncovered during the first week of July, when the girl’s mother peeked at her mobile phone and read “sexting” messages traded between the defendant and victim, Olivas said.

The mom immediately notified police, and the case was turned over to the department’s Sexual Assault & Child Abuse unit.

The girl told detectives that she and Hernandez started off kissing during secret meetings, and before long, the two were having intercourse, as well as engaging in other intimate acts, according to Olivas.

On at least one occasion, Hernandez went to the girl’s family […]    

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