A 32-year-old registered sex offender was arrested on Friday after he allegedly attempted to sexually assault a girl in a Southern California elementary school bathroom.
Police received a report on Friday afternoon that someone had jumped a fence at McAuliffe Elementary School in Riverside and entered the girls’ bathroom. A campus supervisor then saw the man exit the restroom and heard a girl inside crying, police said in a statement released Saturday.
The supervisor followed the man as he jumped another fence and got into a vehicle in the school parking lot. He provided the police with a detailed description of the vehicle and license plate number.
Authorities, including detectives from the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit (SACA), found the suspect at a Placentia business where the vehicle he was using was registered.
Logan Nighswonger has been arrested on suspicion of attempted sexual acts with a child under 10 and being a registered sex offender on school grounds. He was being held without bail, according to prison records.
Jail records indicated a first court appearance was scheduled for Tuesday. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.
“We are grateful to our law enforcement partners for their swift action in apprehending and eliminating this threat to our society,” said Allan Mucerino, Superintendent of the Alvord Unified School District. “Children should never experience a situation like this and it deeply saddens me that it makes us think and reinforces our commitment to safe schools by recognizing that even when we follow safety best practices and do everything what is in our power to secure our campuses, there continue to be threats, which we will continue to work tirelessly to mitigate.”
Anyone with additional information about the case has been asked to contact SACA Detective Stacie Ontko at 951-353-7121 or [email protected]