A captain with the NYC Fire Department was hauled out of his station house by an FBI task force on September 26th on charges that he sexually assaulted 11-year-old twin boys in California between September 12th and September 14th.
52-year-old Wilbert Riera had purportedly been visiting relatives when the incidents occurred. He was transported to Los Angeles last Wednesday and charged with six counts of a lewd act upon a child.
The complaint against him lists six lewd acts he committed against two boys identified as Justin C. and Jordan C., â€œwith the intent of arousing, appealing to, and gratifying the lust, passions, and sexual desires of the said defendant and the said child.â€
Riera, who had over 20 years of service with the NYC Fire Department as a captain with the Emergency Medical Service, was suspended without pay before resigning his post.
Heâ€™s pleaded not guilty to the felonies at the downtown L.A. criminal courts building.
He faces life in prison if heâ€™s convicted. Meanwhile, his bail has been set at $2.6 million.
Heâ€™s due back in court on November 13th.