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Molestation Trial for Temecula Dentist Moved to Next Month

Defense motion for a continuance granted; jury selection now scheduled for end of November.

Molestation Trial for Temecula Dentist Moved to Next Month

The trial of a former Temecula dentist charged with of having sexual relations with two girls he coached in gymnastics and housed in his home has been pushed back to Nov. 26, according to court records.

This morning Riverside Superior Court Judge Helios J. Hernandez approved a defense motion for a continuance and re-scheduled jury selection for next month.

David Martinus Reiakvam, 44, could face more than 50 years in prison
if convicted of 13 counts of lewd acts on a child under 15 and two counts of
oral copulation of a child under 18.

Reiakvam allegedly molested and engaged in sex acts with girls he taughtat two gyms in Riverside. The two alleged victims, who are now in their mid-20s, lived with Reiakvam and his then-wife, Sherry, at their Riverside home during the period of the alleged molestations, according to Deputy District Attorney Debra Postil, the original prosecutor in the case.

Riverside police Detective Laura Ellefson testified at the defendant's preliminary hearing last October that the first girl alleged Reiakvam made initial intimate contact with her during bedside chats, when he would come into her room. That eventually led to regular sexual intercourse when the girl was 15 years old, Ellefson alleged. The other girl was allegedly molested beginning at age 13, beginning when Reiakvam came into her room at night to fondle her, according to testimony. According to Postil, one victim allegedly maintained a sexual relationship with Reiakvam into adulthood.

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