Reading man charged with sexual assault of a child

A 47-year-old man from Reading is faced with two counts of indecent assault and corruption of minors, according to the Berks County District Attorney’s office.

On November 8, 2021, the Berks County Detective’s Office received two Childline Referrals from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Human Services, which identified a fourteen-year-old female as a victim of sexual abuse.

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On December 6, 2021, a Forensic Interview was conducted at the Children’s Alliance Center. During this interview, investigators say the victim disclosed and provided specific details related to the sexual assault which occurred on or about her 12th birthday (October 2019). The victim also reported the sexual assault occurred inside her residence, specifically her bedroom, which was located on Pear Street in Reading.

Investigators say the victim positively identified the defendant, Moises Rivera Jr., as the person who sexually assaulted her. He was forty-five years of age at the time of the assault.

On January 18, 2022, detectives filed criminal charges against the defendant, Moises Rivera Jr., before Magisterial District Judge Alvin Robinson.

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Subsequently, M.D.J. Robinson issued an arrest warrant for the Rivera Jr.

On January 18, 2022, at approximately 2:14 P.M., Berks County Detectives apprehended the Rivera Jr. at his residence, which is located in the City of Reading. Rivera Jr. was immediately taken into custody and transported to the Berks County Sheriff’s Department Central Processing Center where he was fingerprinted and photographed.

M.D.J. Alvin Robinson presided over the defendant’s Preliminary Arraignment which was held via video. Bail was set at $75,000.00 and the Rivera Jr. was committed to Berks County Jail.

As in every criminal case, the fact that an arrest occurred or a complaint has been filed is merely an accusation, and Moises Rivera Jr., is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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