, Salem, MA

Local News

May 14, 2013

Pair charged in sex assault on 14-year-old


Rivera’s lawyer, David Gavegnano, said his client denies the charges. “He has told me he did not commit this crime and he wants his day in court,” said Gavegnano, who was arguing for a lower bail than the $75,000 sought by DeCourcey.

Gavegnano told a judge that Rivera recently underwent heart surgery and is now awaiting a transplant.

The lawyer also questioned the validity of the charges, based on a report of an incident that was nearly two years ago, and suggested that Asenjo was coerced by police into implicating Rivera because she was threatened with losing custody of her children.

Judge Richard Mori granted the prosecution’s request for $75,000 cash bail.

Rivera was brought back from Florida, where he was arrested on a warrant last month. Prosecutors expressed concern that he might return there if released.

Asenjo’s bail was set at $10,000 on April 8.

Both have been ordered to have no contact with the girl or her family while the case is pending.

They are due back in court on June 5 for a probable cause hearing.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News

AP Video
Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Bodies of Malaysia Jet Victims Leave Ukraine Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights
Comments Tracker