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Former Temecula Dentist Pleads Guilty To Committing Lewd Acts

Dr. David Martinus Reiakvam, 44, will serve two years in state prison versus the more than 50 he was facing before today's guilty plea.

A former Temecula dentist who molested two girls he was coaching in gymnastics pleaded guilty today to two counts of committing lewd acts on a minor as jury selection was getting under way for his trial.

Dr. David Martinus Reiakvam, 44, could have faced more than 50 years behind bars had he been convicted of the 15 felonies with which he was originally charged.

Reiakvam's plea agreement stipulates a two-year prison term. He remains free on $200,000 bail, with a surrender hearing set for 3 p.m. Friday before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Ronald Taylor. It wasn't clear whether sentencing would go ahead at that time.

Reiakvam admitted committing the two felonies, and in exchange, the District Attorney's Office dropped 11 counts of committing lewd acts on a child under 15 years old, as well as two counts of oral copulation of a child under 18.

According to D.A.'s office spokesman John Hall, defense attorney Tera Harden broached the plea deal this week, after the case had been assigned to Taylor's courtroom for trial, leading to negotiations between the defense and prosecution that culminated in mutually acceptable terms.

"Several things were considered in the decision to accept the plea agreement," Hall said. "By agreeing to this, the victims would not have to testify during a trial and, with the felony conviction and lifetime registration as a sex offender, Mr. Reiakvam will likely no longer be able to practice dentistry.

"Before accepting the plea agreement, we spoke to the victims in this case, and they were both on board with the disposition," he added.

The defendant molested and engaged in sex acts with girls he taught at the Empire Acro Gym on Market Street and a separate facility near Vine Street and Mission Inn Avenue, both in Riverside, according to the prosecution.

The two victims, who are now in their mid-20s, lived with Reiakvam and his then-wife Sherry at their Riverside home, according to Deputy District Attorney Debra Postil, the original prosecutor in the case.

Riverside police Detective Laura Ellefson, who testified at the defendant's October 2011 preliminary hearing, said the first girl alleged Reiakvam had intimate contact with her during bedside chats, when he would come into her room and play the "touching game."

According to Ellefson, Reiakvam's interaction with the girl escalated into oral copulation and frequent fondling between 1998 and 2000, eventually leading to "full-blown" sexual intercourse on a regular basis when the girl was 15 years old.

The other girl was molested from 2000 to 2002 beginning at age 13, when Reiakvam came into her room at night to fondle her, according to testimony.

Postil said one victim maintained a sexual relationship with Reiakvam into adulthood.

The defendant, who began practicing dentistry in 1998, failed to renew his dental license earlier this year. The Dental Board of California had placed restrictions on his practice in January 2011, prohibiting him from accepting patients under 18 years old pending resolution of the criminal charges.

SA November 29, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Shackle his wrists to his ankles and put him in GP.
Brenda November 29, 2012 at 09:51 PM
I agree Gandhi, and others, This guy got off scott free. Prosecutors you feel good about this plea deal? Seriously? In some cases we dont mind paying for a trial, this is one of those times. You seriously said ok to 2 years for him to say "guilty"? You are as sick as him to have such lack of concern for his future victims, because there will be some in 2 years and you will see him again! Then you wonder, "Oh why did he do it again, we let him off so easy"!! Geesh, I am going to be sick and I hope someone shoots the bastard when he walks out.
Brenda November 29, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Yes, thus the reason most of them end up in Atascadero State Hospital which houses as many of them as possible. To keep them safe and I guarantee that was part of his plea. That is all they keep prison'd there, child molesters, predators, all crimes against children up to murder. Its like a hotel, they all walk around, quite nice for the sob.
Andy November 30, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Temecula child molester dentist - 2 years in jail. French Valley rapist who led police on chase - 2 years in jail : http://temecula.patch.com/articles/alleged-rapist-gets-2-year-prison-stretch Pastor rapist - 3 years : http://temecula.patch.com/articles/pastor-rapist-gets-3-years Temecula bank robber - 1 year : http://temecula.patch.com/articles/temecula-bank-robber-gets-1-year-probation 10 years to life for medical marijuana : http://youtu.be/9R7XNPYZ73M
Unbiased December 01, 2012 at 02:55 AM
The system is there to do right by the victims and be a deterrent for future crimes. Most of the crimes were 'alleged' and none of us know what really happened. "'Before accepting the plea agreement, we spoke to the victims in this case, and they were both on board with the disposition,' he added" For those of you who are sickened try to remember the 'facts' and not the 'story' presented.
Brenda December 01, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Thank you Andy for showing us that most criminals get away with MURDER literally.
Brenda December 01, 2012 at 03:50 AM
"Reiakvam admitted committing the two felonies, and in exchange, the District Attorney's Office dropped 11 counts of committing lewd acts on a child under 15 years old, as well as two counts of oral copulation of a child under 18." That is alot of molesting going on there back then "Unbiased". If I was a child who had been force fed his erection I would not have agreed to a 2 year sentence, hello 50 years Mr. Hot Shot Dentist. Why these girls, now women in their 20's would bring up this case, and then agree to a 2 year sentence is very strange to me. Were they foster children in his care is that why they were living with him? Also was some mutual interest involved. Might there have been some threats made to him for a pay off to not go and file a complaint against him in the first place? Really alot of questions in this case we will not know anything about. In reality this could have been going on for a long time. OH well.............
Diana Smith December 01, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Unbaised & Brenda! You both made some good points! I do know that the facts in this case that were printed in the newpaper in the beginning are not all true. My child attends the gym he coached at and he was not fired. There were other accusations and statements printed that were totally untrue. Remember there is always "two sides to the story" and this case is no exception. Most people will never hear the other side. I know all parties in this disgusting case and believe that these two girls ruined a man's life! Not solely though! So it does make sense that they would agree to a 2 year sentence - which will only be 1 year. The charges are simply not true...but it is hard to get a fair trial when it comes to "child molestation". Why did they wait so long? and Why did they agree! He was an awesome coach and we will miss him a lot! By the way, he has coached many children and teens that will vouch for him that he was never inappropriate with them...
TVOR December 01, 2012 at 05:13 AM
There are good reasons plea bargains exist. It helps quickly clear cases out of the system and it saves the taxpayers sometimes many hundreds of thousands of dollars which would have been spent on a trial. Plea bargains are only made when the accused will have a conviction on their record which will make it many times easier to convict them if they re-offend.
Brenda December 01, 2012 at 07:46 AM
But in the recent story, article today Tvor these 20 year old women say this??? None of this makes a bit of sense. They had it within their power to get him up to 50 yrs. but now hope someone else comes forward to do it for them?? Just a wierd story.......... The women believe many more victims have not come forward. "I hope they do," Angome said. "That means more charges can be filed, and he can get a long prison sentence." Booth said Reiakvam's two-year prison term was not "anywhere long enough." "David should not be in society," Booth said. "Someone of his violent caliber should be locked away. He's a danger to himself and others."
Brenda December 01, 2012 at 07:54 AM
Diana, I take what you say and can definately see that there was more that went on as I thought. What the victims say in these interviews, even this one most recently this evening, just does not ring true. I suppose 8 or so years ago this man was even more handsome and girls that age can develop quite the crush. I also know that charges by Cps, by Detectives can get charged and believed against someone before they can even say, No, that is NOT what happened. As a Judge will tell you in Childrens Court, the teenager is always believed, whether its a molestation, a parent mistreating them, and the child can make up their own mind where they want to go, where to live, who did what and when. It is a horrible system we have and to see the courts lined with parents who just have some kids that have taken wrong roads get slapped on the wrist like its their fault. I do not have a clue on how to better this system, but I think one thing is now adays kids do know right from wrong touching, and if they are up there over 13 or so, they would tell someone if it was not wanted touching. I just dont know Diana. I have seen these teenagers tell some whoppers with not one single bit of a story true. Then you have kids come forward in their 20s when off drugs and have their life together and say, "Oh my parent never did that". :/ Probably will never know the truth to this story.
Gandhi December 01, 2012 at 10:07 AM
"Diana" Sorry I cant agree with you at all!! These were children in his care, HE broke that trust, HE molested them!! These were young girls!! What is the matter with you? He's a great coach?!! Are you actually serious? Did you have a fling with him too? Two sides? No, I'm sorry there is NOT two sides here! Full grown man having sexual relations with minors, end of story!! THEY ruined his life?! Are you nuts or what?! HE RUINED THEIR LIVES!! Wow, the nuts sure do come out here on Patch dont they? You sure you dont like to fondle little boys "Diana"??
Truth December 01, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Gandhiyour a idiot who knows nothing about the case, the "ruined" lives or Diana. Idiots like you are why innocent as well as guilty people don't get what they rightfully deserve. All people should be given a fair chance, and if guilty they should pay, unfortunately we can rarely allow people a fair chance with media and idiots like Gandhi!!
Brenda December 01, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Its true that even if he did have sex with them, with them willing, he is still in the wrong and committed a crime. Unfortunately some men just cannot stay away from any age teenager girl who is flirting with them. Back in my high school years I had a teacher who I flirted back with, and he would tease me, but back then we didnt know where it would lead, or could. Now a days girls know exactly where it leads and that is the sad part. So its hard to determine a punishment when "alot" of men would succumb to seeing them day in and day out. I sound like I am defending men here, but I remember even some of my girlfriends openly flirt with my dad cause he was a handsome devil. :/ Thank god he would laugh it off. So again, we will probably never know what really happened here.
Gandhi December 02, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Oh shoveit "Truth", cuz if the "truth" be told, you are the idiot, shielding a child molestor!! Unless you too fondle children........! Yeah, lets give the molestors a "fair chance"! f***ing liberal moron!!
Gandhi December 02, 2012 at 02:32 AM
"Easier to convict them if they re-offend"??? Do we really want this guy out takin a chance with YOUR kids, or ANYBODYS kids??? Really? So, you'd send your kids to him to get their teeth cleaned huh? Yeah right. We dont WANT OR NEED to clear this type of case "out of the system"!!~ People growing or smoking marijuana - now those are the types of cases that should be "cleared out of the system" NOT child molestors!! Do any of you people even have kids????
Brenda December 02, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Yep, have 5 daughters and I am OCD over protective, if that is possible. Gandhi, all I am saying is there is something wierd about this story where these two victims counterdict their own story of his getting 2 years. They told the Judge, Prosecution ok give him 2 years for what he did to us. Then go on to say in the recent article they hope more girls come forward he did this to and he does get 50 years. Well DOH, they had to the chance to insure he got up to 50 years and they chose NOT to do it, not to go to trial, not to face the man who did this to them etc. There is just something very wrong with this entire story because I would NEVER let someone off scott free like he is now, if he did these charges in their entirety to ME< or one of my children! So for these girls to say two different things in two different articles concerns me that this man might not have been as guilty as these girls say he was. Read both articles again Gandhi and see what I mean ok? Then Diane is just responding to that and perhaps knows more information then some of us do, or alot of us.
Brenda December 02, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Also for a few more cents, if I was given the opportunity to plead guilty and do 2 years or less, or go to trial and probably get up to 50 years, which way would I go? I would also plead guilty even if I wasn't to not go to jail for 50 years, even knowing these girls had possibly lied about portions of or most of the alligations. Anyone would plead guilty under those circumstances. There is a point one reaches where its just not worth the arguing and trying to prove yourself not guilty, or not quite as guilty as it all seems. In 2 years he can also drive to Mexico everyday and make some very good money practicing there as a dentist. Many dentists from California do that for one reason or another.
TVOR December 04, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Unfortunately the rules for plea bargains don't fit perfectly to all cases but they must be applied equally. It is too easy to play the armchair quarterback going only on the information provided by the media. I think the only person perfectly qualified to speak to whether a plea bargain is the right thing is a person intimately connected to the case and who is aware of all of the facts. My guess is such a person would not spend time posting here.
TVOR December 04, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Wow, you're so un-ghandi like.
Gandhi December 04, 2012 at 01:22 AM
First of all TVOR, its spelled GANDHI, secondly he was an attorney first before he was what most people remember him for, thirdly, I am NOT, nor will I ever condone breaking the law or molesting children, both of which this man committed and received waaaay too lenient a sentence for. For those of you who defend said convicted molestor, you disgust me, and need psychiatric counseling soon! Dont bother telling me "I wasnt there", the man WAS convicted, ok? He IS guilty. I am NOT guessing, as to what happened here.
Brenda December 04, 2012 at 10:26 PM
I believe it was a way too lenient sentence also Gandhi, and that is all I am saying here. But the TWO GIRLS agreed to it, and that is what is disturbing and makes him not look as guilty as all the charges orginally brought on him make him look. Understand? As I said also, if I was one of those girls I surely would NOT have said ok, just let him plea guilty and give him 2 years. I would have cut my lips off before agreeing to something like that, IF he had done all those horrid things to me.
Paul Nelson December 05, 2012 at 12:40 AM
why didn't the prosecution ask for any other victims? They could have went to the media or on TV?? Why is it up to the girls? Who were they? Why were they allowed in his house? Where was the wife during all of this? Watching? I mean she had to know unless she is dumb as a rock?? She probably knew but did not care?? I mean where is the investigative reporting?????Patch???????????
Paul Nelson December 05, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Sorry I forgot Patch is part of the Huffington Puffington drive by liberal media
Paul Nelson December 05, 2012 at 12:41 AM
No investigative reporting here.
Paul Nelson December 05, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Diane- No offense but you keep repeating that he never did it. Is there something you know that we don't?
Paul Nelson December 05, 2012 at 12:43 AM
He did confess to some pretty bad stuff.
jerry January 03, 2013 at 03:15 PM
WOW unbeliveable he will may-be do 14 months!!! for what he amitted to doing to these girls there is some thing in the stories but ny guess is that the D.A. talk the grils into this out come... he will get his in prison they don't take likely child molesters in there hope he Parole's to another place.... our justice system needs some help just gose to show money talks anyone else would have never been out on bail let alone still be walking aroud free waiting to be remanded to prison I'm just saying really!!!!
Brenda January 03, 2013 at 09:14 PM
Jerry, I am not sure I understand what you typed here, but I am pretty good at reading between the lines. No, its not right he only got such a short sentence. However, the women, victims(this was a few years ago it happened) ok'd this sentence he recieved. Probably for any number reasons, having to testify, doubting the jury would believe them, and also believing that just him having to report being a sexual offender the rest of his life will keep him from doing it to someone else. If all those things had been done to me unwillingly I sure would have told someone back then, pressed charges back then as that is what I was taught. That is what I taught my girls. But first off, I would have never allowed him to touch in bad ways, as that is what we are taught as children. So I do not understand these teenage girls just laying there letting these men do this, not saying anything for a few years, and then when they are older pressing charges. NOT One bit of it makes sense to me. Course the man is always guilty, always when dealing with underage girls and they need to put a knot in it so they are not getting charged with this stuff that is a one time thing possibly. Hell who knows. I just know how some of these girls are capable of putting some moves on teachers, boys over 18, and heck even boys 16+ can go to jail.
jerry January 04, 2013 at 04:46 AM
ok I'll bit Brenda it's the same thing he told them when he was doing this to them no one will belive you if you tell your parents and everyone will never belive you!! you will look like some kind of slut if you tell..... he will get his... may he never do this to someone else but registering as a sex offender is no guarantee that they won't why are so quick to blame the girls seem you may have a few bone too pick I'm just saying...

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