In March 2009, Juan Manuel Rivera literally got caught with his pants down (first mistake) at a Santa Ana storage facility and, if that wasn't bad enough, he was standing beside a disrobed six-year-old female, his girlfriend's daughter (second mistake).
An outraged storage worker (obviously nobody connected to the Penn State football team and Joe Paterno) chased him, but the 28-year-old Rivera successfully fled with the youngster in a vehicle, according to court files.
Two days later, Rivera returned to the facility (third mistake) with the girl's mother (fourth mistake) in hopes of explaining (fifth mistake) "the misunderstanding":
He'd yanked his pants down and his member out, he claimed, only to piss in public, not to have disgraceful, illegal sex with an elementary school student.
Rivera claimed he was guilty only of being too kind. He'd merely hugged the little girl to show her encouragement. How dare anyone think he was anything other than a hero.
But police arrived at the storage facility and Rivera decided to ignore his right to remain silent (sixth mistake) because he believed lying detectives (seventh mistake) that a surveillance camera had captured his sex crimes.
He didn't just confess that he'd sodomized and raped the youngster on a regular basis while his unwitting girlfriend was at work. He agreed to a Santa Ana police detective's excellent, wily request for him to write an apology letter (eighth mistake).
After prosecutors in the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) secured his conviction, Rivera protested the righteousness of his case because, he assumed (ninth mistake) his confessions could not be used against him in court.
This week, a California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana proved Rivera's assumptions wrong again. They rejected his appeal.
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Thanks to Orange County Superior Court Judge Dan McNerney, Rivera's future morally-corrupt stupidity will take place inside a California prison where he's serving a 50 years to life sentence.
--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly