On March 24, 2014, at 8:36 p.m., officers from the Coachella Police Department responded to a report of a male exposing himself at De Oro Park, located near the intersection of Avenue 50 and Avenida De Oro, Coachella. Francisco Javier Cervantes, a 36-year-old Coachella resident, was arrested and transported to the Thermal Station. Thermal Station investigators assumed the investigation, and determined Cervantes had a previous conviction for indecent exposure and is a sex registrant. Cervantes was arrested for felony indecent exposure and violation of probation. He was booked into the Riverside County jail in Indio.
On March 25, 2014, investigators from Thermal Sheriff Station with the assistance of the Southern Coachella Valley Community Service District, Coachella Community Action Team and La Quinta Special Enforcement Team conducted a previously-scheduled compliance check on 20 registered sex offenders. These compliance checks occurred in the communities of Coachella, La Quinta, Mecca, North Shore and Thermal. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department monitors registered sex offenders to ensure they are in compliance with the law and registration requirements.
During these checks, 1 registered sex offender was found possibly to be out of compliance and additional investigation will take place.
The investigators assigned to the Thermal Station are responsible for conducting random visits of all registered sex offenders living within the Sheriff’s Department’s jurisdiction. These checks are conducted to ensure the safety of the community and to enforce mandatory registration requirements. The Sheriff’s Department is committed to take all enforcement measures against any subject found to be willfully out of compliance with the terms of their mandatory registration.
Anyone with information regarding sex offender violations is encouraged to contact Investigator Ernie Lopez or Investigator Melissa Nieburger at the Thermal Sheriff’s Station 760-863-8990.
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