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May 14, 2013

Pair charged in sex assault on 14-year-old

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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 jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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