Employee Accused of Sexually Assaulting Young Girl in Bathroom of Riverside Restaurant

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A restaurant employee in Riverside accused of sexually assaulting a young girl has been booked on suspicion of lewd acts on a child, police said Wednesday.

Avimael Lopez is seen in a photo posted to the Riverside Police Department's Facebook page.

Avimael Lopez is seen in a photo posted to the Riverside Police Department’s Facebook page.

The assault occurred about noon Monday when the girl went to use a bathroom at the business located in the 1700 block of University Avenue, the Riverside Police Department stated on Facebook.

The girl’s mother went into the restroom a short time later and found the employee, identified by police as 34-year-old Avimael Lopez, inside the same bathroom, according to the Police Department.

Investigators determined the girl had been sexually assaulted and placed Lopez under arrest, the post stated.

He was later booked on suspicion of lewd acts on a child under 10 years old.

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