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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.

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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