Man sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting 12-year-old girl

Meredith Newman
A man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting a young girl in an Annapolis laundromat.

An Annapolis man was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in the back of a laundromat.

Daniel Rivera, 57, was convicted of second-degree rape and a second-degree sex offense in Anne Arundel Circuit Court in Annapolis. Judge William C. Mulford II sentenced Rivera to 15 years for each count, to be served concurrently.

The judge also ordered Rivera to register as a Tier III sex offender, a lifetime registration.

The Anne Arundel State's Attorney's Office said Rivera sexually assaulted the girl in August on a mattress in the back of a laundromat in the 1300 block of Forest Drive in Annapolis. The victim's mother was washing clothes in the front room at the time of the assault, the State's Attorney's Office said.

Rivera told the girl to lie to her mother and say she was playing on the computer, prosecutors said. He also threatened to harm the girl if she told anyone.

In October, officers investigating a missing person case visited the laundromat. When reviewing surveillance video, police saw Rivera appearing to sexually assault a 10-year-old girl.

Detectives later determined that Rivera raped the 12-year-old on two occasions, and assaulted the 10-year-old, police said. He was captured days later in Baltimore.

"Sexually preying upon children is inexcusable," said State's Attorney Wes Adams. "This case is extremely sad and this victim will be forever changed as a result of Mr. Rivera's detestable actions." 

Assistant State's Attorney Anastasia Prigge prosecuted the case. Rivera's public defender, Elizabeth Palan, declined to comment.

Charges are pending in the case involving the 10-year-old. 

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