‘Most Wanted’ sex offender caught

LANCASTER – A GPS-monitored sex offender who cut off his ankle bracelet on Christmas Eve and then vanished has been captured, authorities said.

Andres Jesus Rivera was found hiding in the bedroom of a Lancaster residence Tuesday afternoon, according to California State Adult Parole Operations Supervisor Larry Dorsey.

“We received information this morning that he was at a location on J-8 and Beech,” Dorsey said. “Once we discovered his possible location, I sent our apprehension team over there.”

When agents knocked on the door, Rivera ran to a rear bedroom and tried to hide, but agents found Rivera hiding under some blankets and took him into custody, Dorsey said.

Rivera, who is currently on parole for failure to register as a sex offender, had been on the run for the past three weeks.

The Antelope Valley Parole Office received a “master tamper alert” around 11 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24, which meant the 38-year-old parolee had cut off his GPS ankle bracelet.

The following morning, agents retrieved the broken bracelet near J-8 and Beech Avenue and issued a warrant for Rivera’s arrest.

Days later, Rivera’s photo was distributed to the local media. He was also placed on a ‘Most Wanted’ list last week.

Rivera has a criminal history of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, sodomy by force with a person under 14 years old, manufacturing, selling, and/or possessing a dangerous weapon, failure to register as sex offender, DUI,  battery on spouse, and corporal injury on spouse.

Rivera will be charged with violating his parole, and he could also be charged with failure to register as a sex offender, Dorsey said.

  46 comments for “‘Most Wanted’ sex offender caught

  1. Gladys
    January 19, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Why do some registered sex offenders have to wear ankle monitors and some don’t?

    Why are some on the Megan’s Law website and some not?

    Is it correct that this “sodomy by force” when he was a minor (under 18)means he touched a girl, 14 or under for sexual gratification against her will or her parents will?

    • Gladys
      January 22, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Why can’t anyone answer these questions? No wonder people are confused and concerned. You can’t get a straight answer.

      • sikntired
        January 22, 2013 at 8:34 pm

        He didn’t touch a girl Gladys, he sodomized her..A girl aged 14 cannot give consent.

        • Gladys
          January 22, 2013 at 8:39 pm

          I wasn’t asking anything about the age of consent.

        • Gladys
          January 22, 2013 at 8:49 pm

          so you make noise like you’re going to answer and then you don’t answer. heavy sign…

  2. Gladys
    January 16, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    If this guy is so dangerous, why isn’t he on Megan’s Law list of registered (dangerous) sex offenders?

  3. JK
    January 16, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Many of the comments regarding this article are quite disturbing to me. Maybe I missed something but Im not sure how so many people decided he was a minor when he committed sodomy? The article says he committed sodomy upon a 14 year old. Also I read comments where people sympathized with the suspect because he has to wear an ankle monitor. Its obvious to me he should wear one to help determine his whereabouts in order to protect other innocent people. I dont sympathize with him because of the way parole and the ankle monitor have affected his life. Many victims of sexual assault have been affected for the rest of their lives as well. Victims often have a difficult time trusting anyone, attent counseling, commit suicide, or just have a difficult time engaging in a relationship with a significant other.
    I am glad he is off the streets….women and children who live in the area are much safer because of it. I would like to personally thank the local heroes (including the citizin who tipped Law Enforcement) who incarcerated him!

    • Letlow
      January 16, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      In the article where it talks about the pervert’s pic being in the media, there is a link to an earlier story that says Andres Rivera was a juvenile when the sex crime was committed.

      That fact isn’t mentioned in the above story though, but I don’t think it matters. Anyone who can force sodomy on someone is a monster in my book. The fact that he did it when he was a juvenile makes it all the more disturbing.

      On the other hand, if he has paid his debt to society and he’s now reformed, that’s another story altogether. However, I doubt it, since he also has convictions for beating up on a spouse. This is not the man I would pick as the poster child for how society has wronged sex offenders.

      • JK
        January 16, 2013 at 2:42 pm

        Thanks for bringing to my attention how it was determined he was a minor. Yes that is just as disturbing. I think wearing an ankle monitor is a small price to pay for someone who commited such a horendous crime and potentially ruined another persons life. Unfortunately ankle monitors are not a perfect system but surgically placing a gps tracker inside his head would probably be deemed unconstitutional by California’s liberal minded society.

      • Brenda
        January 17, 2013 at 12:08 am

        The article clearly states that he “is currently on parole for failure to register as a sex offender”. Whatever he did – a previous article had put his original offense date about 20 years ago, he served his punishment for that and has not been convicted of another sex crime since. From the previous article, he must have been a minor when he originally was convicted.

        From what I can gather his crime was cutting off his GPS unit and absconding, but violating conditions no other person on this planet has to live under. No one harmed!

        I don’t know the guy and do not condone what he was convicted of, but I also think that punishing someone in perpetuity is wrong. And expensive. And pointless. And unamerican.

        • Uncle Tom
          January 17, 2013 at 9:56 am

          When are you people going to figure out that being on parole means HE ISN”T FINISHED WITH HIS SENTENCE!! Parole means he was released early, and has agreed to abide by certain conditions so that he may be allowed to live outside a jail facility. He was given a chance to get out of lockup and get back to civilization as long as he followed the rules of his parole.

          Irregardless of when his past crimes occurred, its obvious this dredge of society has proven time and time again now that he can’t follow rules, and IMO, should be locked up and have the key thrown away. We don’t need these people out here in the free world. They provide no benefit to society, be gone.

          • Brenda
            January 17, 2013 at 12:47 pm

            @Uncle Tom – Yes, parole means he is still serving his sentence for his crime, but the crime for which he is on parole currently is a bureaucratic offense relating to his crime from a few DECADES ago as a juvenile, for which he must have finished his sentence. In other words, he is on parole for shoddy bookkeeping.

            Judgmental much? One gets the impression you have never done anything wrong – whether you were caught or not. Good for you!

          • JK
            January 19, 2013 at 4:48 pm

            I completely agree with you. He is only on the streets because his sentence had been shortened but came with certain conditions he had to meet.

            A couple people commented that he has unfair restrictions. I really do not see what is unfair about haveing to register a sex offender every year. Many sex offenders are repeat offneders. Just like the guy who sexually assaulted the little girl on 20th Street East. Predators have to register to allow society to keep tabs on them in case a sexual assault occurs.

            As far as parole is concerned….he is on parole for failing to register. That is typically something that only has to happen once a year on his birthday or within a few days before or after. If the persons original sexual related offense was a felony then failing to register is a felony. Not registering once a year is on him and I am glad he was captured.

  4. Susan
    January 16, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    To Gladys

    His crime was sodomy by force with a person under 14 years old. Which means as an adult man he committed sodomy on a child under the age of 14. He was not a juvenile at the time of his crime he was a man who molested a child. I hope that changes your opinion.

    • Gladys
      January 16, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      You need to check your facts Susan.

  5. Gladys
    January 16, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    What a bunch of crazy people on here. Who said anything about “sideing” with him? Pointing out that he was a minor when convicted and that he has never been CHARGED with another sex crime is not sideing with him. Most of you are the group of people that Rex loves because the mere mention of anything to do with a sex offender takes you from 0 to 100 in 4 second. You can say, what if this and what if that, all you want. You don’t know what I have been through, so your “what if’s” really are only that…The fact still remains, he has NOT BEEN CHARGED WITH ANOTHER SEX CRIME since he was initially charged as a juvenile.

  6. January 16, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Sorry a$$ POS sodomy by force bet if it happend to youre child you would feel diffrent about say’n it was a long time ago $hit

  7. sammy P
    January 16, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Sometimes I wonder why I bother to debate anything on this board, some people who come here act like a 9 year old. Constant cursing and insults, its like they bring all their personal problems with them when they post, and I suspect many of them only come here to troll and start a fight about anything they can because it gives them something to do with their lives.
    Sad really, because it will cause all the decent people who can actually have an intelligent conversation to leave, and then trolls will be all that is left here, cursing and starting fights.

    • IJS
      January 16, 2013 at 9:45 am

      I totally agree

      • T-Bone
        January 17, 2013 at 5:52 am

        That’s what people say when they are wrong and run out of things to say!

    • Quigley
      January 22, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      Sammy P it’s called freedom of speech, and you just expressed exactly that…

  8. JM
    January 16, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Oh come on! Those of you siding with the criminal are a bunch of [removed]! I don’t care how old he was when he committed the crime! Once a sex offender always a sex offender. And whose to say that he hasn’t done it since? Have you been by his side all these years? He very much so could have repeated these acts and has just never been caught as in threatening his viictims not to say a word. And seriously you want to backup a woman beater as well? Give me a break! All sex offenders should have to wear trackers. Sick SOBs! I bet if it were your child that something like this happened to or your sister or friend that he was beating, you’d be singing a different song. You wouldn’t want the monster running loose anywhere…no, you’d want the POS dead! I hope that he gets time behind bars and hopefully some big bubba will show him who his daddy is. A woman beater and child molester…yeah he’ll get his.

    • Gladys
      January 16, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      …and you will undoubtedly get yours.

      • JM
        January 16, 2013 at 12:58 pm

        I will get what? I have never been convicted of a crime in my life and have never committed a crime. I believe in protecting children and women from monsters like this. Go cry your river somewhere else Gladys. Keep supporting criminals. Obviously you must be one too. Don’t worry Karma will get you too for your wrong doings and for supporting people who commit horrendous acts on innocent children and women.

        • Gladys
          January 16, 2013 at 7:24 pm

          JM you are being so silly.
          I will not be going anyplace to cry a river, and I am not a criminal. I am not supporting this sex offender or any other sex offender. I am not concerned about my Karma.

          I simply stated that he was a minor when he was convicted of a sex crime and has NOT BEEN CHARGED with a sex crime since then.

          What I said is true and you are being a drama queen.

          I hope that language isn’t too strong for this blog.

    • Brenda
      January 16, 2013 at 11:11 pm

      “And whose to say that he hasn’t done it since?” – Priceless!!!

      • Gladys
        January 16, 2013 at 11:30 pm

        wow Brenda…whose to say? He hasn’t been accused or charged, so whose to say?

  9. clearthinker
    January 15, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Was LEAPS instrumental in capturing him and was that just left out of the article?

    • John Howard
      January 16, 2013 at 9:19 am

      Let’s see.. They caught him at his residence. They either had an investigator monitoring the home 24/7 for his return or tailing him 24/7 until he returned to a location where he could easily be taken in.

      Which is a more efficient way to monitor that?
      An investigator stakeout (and risk a banana in the tail pipe) or a remote aerial observer that for all intent and purposes is unknown?

      • Tyrus
        January 16, 2013 at 11:29 am

        I think the answer is “C” Alex, “What is a tip?”. The article states, “We received information this morning that he was at a location on J-8 and Beech,”. He got dimed out. No LEAPS and no stake-out, just a good tip.

        • Brenda
          January 16, 2013 at 11:08 pm

          Its called sarcasm…

  10. Gladys
    January 15, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    He was a juvenile when he was convicted and has never been charged with another sex crime since. hmmmm

    • clearthinker
      January 15, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      While he sounds like a loser, also sounds like the only reason he was on parole with a GPS was due to his status as a RSO and subsequent Failure-to-Register felony. No other convict is burdened with registration requirements that are close to impossible not to violate. I do not think I would last six weeks… why even let them out if they are just set up to fail?

      Is it for headlines? Just an excuse to tighten the restriction on 290 registrants? Really?

      • Gladys
        January 15, 2013 at 9:21 pm

        I agree…Headlines

      • sammy P
        January 15, 2013 at 9:37 pm

        I agree – it was Christmas eve and he probably just wanted to go out and party and have a good time and be free of all the parole and GPS crud. Some states allow a prisoner to do all of their time and avoid being on parole, but I think California does not allow that, so Mr. Rivera will have to deal with parole the next time he gets out as well.

        • T-Bone
          January 16, 2013 at 5:07 am

          I bet you wouldn’t be saying this BS if you were the person who got sodomized by force! I don’t care how long ago! Get a clue! He is a POS!

          • sammy P
            January 16, 2013 at 6:34 am

            Its easy to judge, but we dont know the case or what happened. twice in my own life I have been convicted of things I was innocent of based on another persons word, they were minor things but still. Maybe Andres was high on drugs at the time, maybe he was young and stupid and deserves a 2nd chance. The man did his time and has not committed any further sex offences. I had a friend named Bob who was a homeless drunk on lancaster blvd, he staggered over to a dumpster and took a leak and a little girl on a bike happened stop next to him while he was doing so, drunk as he was, he called her the N-word and she rode home and told her parents that she saw his private areas, and bob went to prison and now he is a sex offender and if you were to see what they charged him with you would think he did much worse then what he actually did. I am not a fan of sex offenders but I think when a man does his time for a crime then he has paid his price to society. People hate sex offenders so much in our world that they lose their common sense and logical thinking. If my mom got robbed and killed by some piece of garbage gangbanger, I would get molested every day if I could have her back. One drunk driver can take out a whole family, little kids included, and thats not as bad as a molester? Ya know how many lives one drug dealer can destroy? So I have no problem giving a sex offender ONE more chance in society, but just one. Any other sex offences then throw away the key. But I think its unrealistic to place such harsh restrictions on people who have done their time, that they can’t never drink a beer again or go have a good time with some friends. I wouldn’t be able to survive that either, they would have to put me back in prison for a while. Then I would get out in 6 months or a year, and rinse and repeat. And people wonder why California has such financial problems.

          • T-Bone
            January 16, 2013 at 6:48 am

            Key words…If you mom was killed…but she wasn’t so you can’t say that. And there is a difference between getting molested daily (which you would probably enjoy) and being sodomized by force.. Look at everything else he has done! He is a POS! Sentences get worse as convictions add up. Now get your thumb out of your a$$ and think about it Bob!

  11. Gladys
    January 15, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    He was a juvenile when he was sentenced and has not been arrested for another sex crime since. hmmmm

    • Heather
      January 16, 2013 at 7:58 am

      so what if he was a kid when convicted?? obviously he has now committed another crime by cutting off the tracker and not reporting in.. how nice of his loser relatives to hide him…now they are accessories to his crimes..quit trying to defend him..he should have followed his parole guidelines and the rules..

      • T-Bone
        January 16, 2013 at 8:02 am

        They wil say they didn’t know he was wanted…

  12. dumbandblind
    January 15, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    “sodomy by force with a person under 14 years old”
    Damn I hope this guy gets to taste a dose of what he has done and more!

  13. Eric
    January 15, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    My good friend Larry had again put this bad guy back where they belong, why do they let these idiots out and poor Larry has to go get them back. The state is wasting our tax monies again, it’s a repeat offenders who need to put in the labor camps in Russia and learn a real lesson I guess ?

  14. sikntired
    January 15, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    J-8 and Beech, who would have thought to look there!Kudos to LASD for taking him in and let’s hope he doesn’t get a smack on the hand and another bracelet to cut off.How about a ball and chain instead.He could drag it down Sierra Highway.

  15. justbeingreal
    January 15, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Thanks to the AV Times website readers this guy is finally caught. Keep up the good work and keep those most wanted pics coming!!

  16. QHR
    January 15, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Kudos to Law Enforcement! Now don’t let this guy out on the loose again.

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