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Witness: 'I thought he was going to hurt me'
Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
Issue 31, Volume 18.
Roshwan O'Neill Davis, 20, was arrested in April following a Riverside County sheriff's investigation that identified four middle school students the defendant had allegedly molested or attempted to molest.
Following a three-hour preliminary hearing today at the Riverside Hall of Justice, Superior Court Judge Irma Asberry found there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial on 10 charges, including lewd acts on a child under 14, possession of child pornography and communicating with a minor with the intent to commit a sexual offense.
According to the District Attorney's Office, additional charges may be filed against Davis. If he is convicted of the current allegations, he could face life in prison.
Asberry scheduled a post-preliminary hearing arraignment in the case for Aug. 15.
The first witness called during today's hearing, a 14-year-old girl identified only as J.B., characterized Davis as possessive and jealous.
"He was sending my (nude) photos to everybody," J.B. said. "He was mad 'cause I wouldn't talk to him and I was seeing somebody else ... He had told me that if I didn't do video chat with him, he would post the pictures."
The girl admitted having a sexual relationship with Davis for nearly a year -- including after her father had reported the illicit activity to law enforcement.
"He talks to a lot of people who are younger than him," J.B. testified, disclosing the names of a number of girls who had "interacted with Roshawn."
According to prosecutors, the alleged offenses occurred in 2013 and earlier this year.
A 14-year-old girl identified only as K.B. alleged that Davis groped her on two separate occasions. The witness, who would not make eye contact with the defendant in the courtroom, turning her head almost 90 degrees to avoid seeing him, testified that he followed her home last November, trying to convince her to be intimate with him.
"He was grabbing my waist and started kissing me," K.B. said. "I felt something on me and turned around and saw his penis. I was really scared. I was freaked out. I thought he was going to hurt me or something. I started, like, sprinting home."
The girl said Davis did not chase her.
Davis was arrested April 1 following a sheriff's investigation that began Feb. 10, according to sheriff's Sgt. Aaron Kent.
Most of the victims are from Sunnymead Middle School on Eucalyptus Avenue in Moreno Valley. A deputy working at the school was alerted to explicit images of female students being posted on Facebook, at which point detectives became involved.
"Investigators conducted a lengthy investigation into the source of the inappropriate images and located several juvenile victims, who were lured and assaulted by the suspect using social media," Kent said.
According to Kent, a search warrant was executed at Davis' home in the 16600 block of Saddlebrook Lane, culminating in the seizure of various incriminating evidence.
According to court records, Davis has a misdemeanor conviction for trespassing.
Davis is being held in lieu of $2 million bail at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.
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